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Essay Prize for Foundation Doctors

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 education@rcophth.ac.uk .

Open Awards

Closed Awards

  • IGA Award 2019
  • 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
  • Ethicon Foundation Fund 2018
  • The Nettleship Medal 2019
  • The Ulverscroft David Owen Prize 2019
  • Fight for Sight Award 2019
  • Fight for Sight and RCOphth – John Lee Fellowship Primer Award
Open Awards – Information to apply Closing Date

RCOphth and NIHR Researcher of the Year Awards 2019

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:

  1. one consultant award for non-commercial research, where a consultant has made significant contribution to an NIHR portfolio study
  2. one consultant award for Commercial (industry sponsored) research, for contribution made to an NIHR portfolio commercial study
  3. one trainee/ career grade award for outstanding contribution made by a trainee or career grade ophthalmologist

A joint panel of NIHR and RCOphth representatives will judge the winner of the awards. Please return completed application forms to ian.nickson@nihr.ac.uk

Each awardee will receive a certificate of achievement and complementary registration for the RCOphth Congress for the first three days of the Congress (Monday 20th May to Wednesday 22nd May 2019).

Closing date: 17.00 Friday 5 April 2019

17:00 Friday 5 April 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

Sir William Lister/Dorey Bequest Travel Awards 2019

Applications are invited for the 2019 Sir William Lister and Dorey Bequest Travel Awards. The award is for ophthalmologists in training who are citizens of the United Kingdom as well as Members and Fellows of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, in good standing.

Successful applicants will submit a report to the Education Committee on completion of the period of training or research for which the award is granted. The number and value of the awards will be determined by the state of the funds and the candidate’s requirement; the amount awarded is generally between £300 and £600.

Those who have received a travel award from the Ethicon Foundation Fund are not eligible to apply. Retrospective applications will not be considered.

The application form can be found here.

17.00 Fri 27 Sept 2019

Essay Prize for Foundation Doctors 2019

Entries are now invited to the 2019 Essay Prize for Foundation Doctors on the essay “Discuss the impact of multi professional working on eye care”.

The competition is open to all those currently in a UK Foundation Programme (F1, F2) at the time of submission, as well as those who have completed the UK Foundation Programme but have not yet achieved an OST1 post.

Essays of up to 1500 words should be submitted to education@rcophth.ac.uk and the deadline for submission is 5.00pm Monday 7 October 2019.

Further details can be found here.

17.00 Mon 7 Oct 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