Awards and Prizes
RCOphth offers a wide range of travel awards and clinical/research fellowships in partnership with other organisations. Names of winners are published annually unless individual opt-out requests are received. All award recipients are required to submit a written report within three months of the completion of their fellowship/research, to be circulated to the RCOphth Education Committee and the awarding body. Please use the Report Format Guidance.
Plagiarism will result in disqualification.
Please direct any Awards & Scholarship enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Fight for Sight and RCOphth – John Lee Fellowship Primer Award
- Ethicon Foundation Fund 2018
- Nettleship Medal 2019 full information regarding the award and application form.
- Ulverscroft and David Owen Prize 2019 full award document and corresponding application form.
- IGA Award 2019
- Fight For Sight Award 2019
- Patrick Trevor-Roper Travel Award 2019
- Keeler Scholarship 2020
- Fight For Sight/John Lee Primer Award
- Fight For Sight/Royal Society of Medicine Award
- The Ophthalmology Clinical Research Training Fellowship
- RCOphth/NIHR Researcher of the Year 2018
- BOSU Surveillance Study Bursary
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Ethicon Foundation Fund 2018
Applications are invited for grants from the Ethicon Foundation Fund.
The fund was established by the generosity of Ethicon for the purpose of promoting international goodwill in ophthalmology by providing financial assistance to Fellows, Members, or Affiliate Members of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists who are travelling abroad for research or training. Awards of up to £1,000 will be made at the discretion of the Committee. The application form can be found here.
|17.00, Fr 21 Dec 2018|
The Nettleship Medal 2019
|17.00, Fri 11 Jan 2019|
The Ulverscroft David Owen Prize 2019
|17.00, Fri 11 Jan 2019|
IGA Award 2019
The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) is pleased to announce a renewed grants programme and is pleased to offer Research Awards up to the value of £100,000. This is a postgraduate research award to facilitate research into glaucoma. Applications are invited from departments and individuals based in the UK or Ireland but the research may be carried out elsewhere. The IGA encourages patient orientated research and research directly concerned with the improvement of the management of glaucoma.
|17.00 Fri 1 Feb 2019|
Fight For Sight Award 2019
Applications are invited from young ophthalmologists and scientists working in the field of ophthalmology throughout the UK for the Fight For Sight Award of £5,000.
The award will be made in recognition of the completion of a significant piece of research (completed within 18 months prior to the closing date) in an area that falls within the remit of the charity.
Applicants must be under the age of 40 on 1 January 2019.
Applications must be supported by a single supporting paper (published or otherwise) detailing your significant piece of research and full curriculum vitae.
|17.00 Fri 1 Feb 2019|
Patrick Trevor-Roper Travel Award 2019
Applications are invited for the 2019 Patrick Trevor-Roper Award, which is open to all undergraduate medical students from the United Kingdom and Ireland who have an interest in the specialty. There are three individual awards to be made, each for the sum of £550. The money may be used to fund electives in Ophthalmology, and may be spent on traveling or subsistence.
The Patrick Trevor-Roper Award is awarded every year for electives to be carried out in the 12 months following the closing date. The only exception to this rule is if applicants start the elective immediately before the closing date and it is still ongoing at that point.
The application form can be found here.
|17.00 Fri 31 May 2019|
Keeler Scholarship 2020
Applications are invited for the 2020 Keeler Scholarship, the purpose of which is to enable the Keeler Scholar, for the subsequent benefit of ophthalmology in the UK, to study, research, or acquire special skills, knowledge, or experience at a suitable location in the UK or elsewhere for a minimum period of six months.
The scholarship is awarded to a value of up to £30,000.
Applicants must be Fellows, Members, or Affiliates of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (being of good standing).
The Trustees will give special consideration to candidates intending to make a career in ophthalmology in the United Kingdom.
|17.00 Mon 10 Feb 2020|
Fight for Sight/Royal Society of Medicine
|Wed 1 Nov 2017 (Closed)|
RCOphth and NIHR Researcher of the Year Awards 2018
Applications are sought from Members and Fellows of the College who are engaged in clinical research in the course of their NHS duties. Clinical research is important for NHS in establishing care standards, generating or confirming evidence for clinical care and developing new therapeutic options for our patients. There are numerous examples where clinical research in the NHS has helped generate evidence and enhance clinical care to reduce burden of blindness.
The RCOphth in collaboration with the NIHR has developed this award scheme to recognise important contribution the Fellows and Members of the College make. The awards will be in three categories:
Each awardee will receive certificate of achievement and complementary registration for the RCOphth Congress taking place in Liverpool on the 21 – 24 May
|17.00 Thu 15 March 2018 (Closed)|
Fight for Sight and RCOphth – Ophthalmology Trainee Research Network Awards
These awards are for up to £5,000 and intended to support studies with a clear patient benefit which will become part of the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Portfolio of studies eligible for consideration for CRN support in England or similar support structures in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The awards will be made to support clinical research studies that fall within the remit of the Fight for Sight’s Research Strategy 2012-2017. Promoted by the NIHR Ophthalmology Specialty Group, these awards are designed specifically for trainee ophthalmologists to instigate an NHS-delivered clinical research study at one or more secondary or primary care sites.
These awards are tenable for up to 2 years. All awards will be subject to Fight for Sight Terms and Conditions. To apply visit Fight for Sight
|17.00 Tues 27 Mar 2018 (Closed)|