PhD studentships

Our PhD Studentship scheme is now open and we are inviting applications for studentships which will commence in 2018.  The purpose of this scheme is to support the training of a graduate student to conduct a high quality PhD research project towards the understanding, prevention and cure of vision disorders carried out for the benefit of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and people with vision disorders. 

Applicants with research projects which fall into one or both of the following are particularly encouraged to apply:

  • research is entirely clinical or patient based (with no laboratory use/component)
  • collaborative project between Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

This is a response mode competitive funding scheme with applications accepted once a year. 

What’s included

A Moorfields Eye Charity Studentship will provide a grant of up to £100,000 to support the training of a graduate student from no later than the 1st November in the year awarded, for three years. Students can be selected following the award and all students will, unless approved otherwise, register for a PhD with the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. 

For further details on the scheme including eligibility criteria please refer to the scheme guidance notes.

Key dates

The date below is the deadline for receipt of completed applications by Moorfields Eye Charity.  Applicants must ensure that they allow sufficient time (up to 3 weeks prior to the deadlines below) for their research offices to consider and approve applications. 

Meeting       Application deadline
 2019 Spring 1 November 2018


Steps required to prepare and submit your grant applications

Contact details

Application forms and guidance notes

MEC PhD Studentship application form

Grant application T&C [data use] form: Please note that every person named in Section 1 of the application form must complete this form, if they have not already done so as part of a previous application

Annex A PhD Studentship budget template [excel file]

Annex B Host institution sign off form

Annex C Collaborator form

Annex D Research involving animals

Annex E Clinical/translational research

PhD Studentship guidance notes


Completed applications must be emailed to no later than 5pm on the date of the advertised deadlines.


General scheme queries

Cath Thums, Grants Officer

T: 020 7566 2565