NIHR Moorfields Eye Charity Fellowships

Moorfields Eye Charity has formed a partnership with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academy to offer a range of Fellowships.

The NIHR fellowships have been designed to support people at various points of their development to become leading researchers, from initial pre-doctoral training right through to senior post-doctoral research.

In 2018, Moorfields Eye Charity was one of seven national charities to be part of the inaugural NIHR-charity partnership funding call.  Since then, we have committed to work in partnership with the NIHR Academy on a number of their Fellowship programmes. 

Please find further details below on the current partnership fellowship schemes, including information on how to apply.  

Why partner with Moorfields?

Moorfields Eye Charity’s mission is to support Moorfields Eye Hospital and its academic partner the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology to discover, develop and deliver the best eye care. Applying for one of the joint funded fellowships would allow you to benefit from being part of the prestigious NIHR network together with the partnership of Moorfields Eye Hospital, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Charity. 

Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology constitute one of the world’s leading centres for eye health, vision research and training. Together they have been shown to be the most productive collaborative partnership in the world for vision research and according to the 2017 Centre for World University Rankings, UCL is the best place in the world to study ophthalmology. 

Key benefits of partnering with Moorfields:


Our commitment to investing in the future

Moorfields Eye Charity is committed to investing in training and development opportunities, of which the joint Fellowships would be a highlight programme. Through philanthropic support we have the ability to invest in the future of eye health and vision research. Moorfields Eye Charity is delighted to announce that it currently partnering with the NIHR Academy on the following Fellowship programmes

Doctoral Fellowships - current round closed

These fellowships are three year full-time award that supports individuals to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research. This Fellowship may also be taken up on a part-time basis of between 50% and 100% whole time equivalent (WTE).

Clinical applicants are able to include up to 20% clinical time as part of the Fellowship, to ensure the maintenance of their clinical competence whilst undertaking the Fellowship.


Advanced Fellowships - current round closed

The Advanced Fellowship aims to provide the opportunity to undertake exciting and impactful research that will underpin the researcher’s development as an independent future leader.  This Fellowship is for those individuals at a post-doctoral level and aimed at several specific points of a researcher’s career development. These awards can include a ‘clinical academic’ option whereby clinical applicants will have the option to request up to 40% of their time be dedicated to clinical service/development which would be covered by the Fellowship.

  • The 2019 Award competition for Advanced Fellowships – now closed
  • A full application submission timetable will be available on he NIHR website, as well as being listed in the Fellowships Guidance Notes.
  • Awards for the 2nd round of Advanced Fellowships will be made from April 2020 to September 2020
  • For more information or to apply, view the AF Programme page or email:  


Pre-doctoral clinical academic fellowships (PCAF) - current round closed

The Health Education England (HEE) and NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme to support pre-doctoral clinical academic fellowships (PCAF).  The joint fellowships have been designed to fund personalised programmes of academic training that will equip awardees with the skills and experience to access doctoral level funding and dedicated time to prepare an application for a competitive, peer-reviewed doctoral level research training fellowship

  • The HEE/NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship – Round 2, 2019 is now closed
  • A full application submission timetable will be available here
  • All queries about the application process and NIHR remit should be directed to the NIHR Academy (, With the subject ICA). 


Clinical doctoral research fellowships - current round closed

The HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (CDRF) scheme enables registered healthcare professionals to obtain a PhD by research whilst developing their clinical skills at the same time. A CDRF supports the award holder to develop their research skills and their clinical skills; the latter through dedicated time for clinical practice and/or through other activities that support development as a clinician. The CDRF Scheme differs, therefore, from the separate NIHR Doctoral Fellowship Scheme, which is open to anyone wishing to develop health research skills and does not support or place emphasis on clinical/professional development

  • The HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship – is now closed
  • Guidance notes including list of eligible professions can be found here
  • All queries about the application process and NIHR remit should be directed to the NIHR Academy (, With the subject ICA).