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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

  • 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
Open Awards – Information to apply Closing Date

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

The Nettleship Medal is a prestigious award established on Mr Edward Nettleship’s retirement from practice in 1901. A fund was inaugurated by his friends and pupils with the object of founding an Edward Nettleship Prize for the encouragement of scientific ophthalmic work.

A silver gilt medal and cheque for £500.00 are awarded for the best piece of original work by a British ophthalmologist published in any journal during the last three years. Paper to have been published between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2018.

The award will be presented at the College Congress, Monday 20 to Thursday 23 May 2019, in Glasgow. The award winner will be expected to present a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talk at the 2019 Congress to explain the impact of the research and how it has contributed to change.

The award will be made every three years as of 2019.

Download the application form and full information regarding the award.

17.00, Fri 11 Jan 2019

The Ulverscroft David Owen Prize 2019

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is delighted to announce the new Ulverscroft David Owen Prize.

The Ulverscroft Foundation gives financial help to Universities which carry out research into the causes of eye diseases; funds eye clinics, hospitals, schools, libraries and other organisations which help visually impaired people. http://www.ulverscroft-foundation.org.uk/

The award will be presented at the RCOphth Congress, Monday 20 to Thursday 23 May 2019, in Glasgow. The award winner will be expected to present a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talk at the 2019 Congress to explain the impact of the research and how it has contributed to change.

The award will be made annually for four years starting in 2019.

Application criteria:

  • The first author and senior author should apply together.
  • Either the first or lead author must be an ophthalmologist.
  • At least one of the authors must be a member of the RCOphth.
  • The applicants should be based and have undertaken the research reported at a British institution.

For full information please download the full award document and corresponding application form.

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
Closed Awards

Fight for Sight/Royal Society of Medicine
Primer Fellowship Award for up to one year £60,000

This award supports trainee ophthalmologists, ophthalmic nursing or allied health professional graduates (including optometrists and orthoptists) to undertake vision research. For further information, criteria and to apply, please visit the Fight for Sight website.

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:

  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

Each awardee will receive certificate of achievement and complementary registration for the RCOphth Congress taking place in Liverpool on the 21 – 24 May

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

 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)