Research training fellowships

Scheme overview

Our Research Training Fellowship [PhD] scheme is intended to enable medical, nursing, optometry and allied health professionals the opportunity to undertake a high-quality research training fellowship towards a PhD focused on the advancement of education, clinical practice or ophthalmic research and which will be to the benefit of Moorfields Eye Hospital and its patients.

  • Potential applicants are strongly advised to first consider applying through the NIHR Academy - MEC partnership grant making programmes for PhD felllowship funding. 
  • Applicants must discuss any potential application with Moorfields Eye Charity before starting to prepare an application.
  • This is a response mode competitive funding scheme with applications accepted once a year.
  • Interviews will be part of the decision making process.


What’s included

Applications can be for a full time (3 years) or part time (5 years) Research Training Fellowship.  Salary support can be requested, commensurate at current level. Furthermore, the scheme supports a clinical-research training career path by allowing Fellows to spend up to 20% of their time on NHS clinical sessions.  EU/UK PhD registration fees are included and directly related research expenses can be requested up to a maximum of £20,000 per year (pro rata). 

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
 Spring 2020 Wednesday 20 November 2019
Steps required to prepare and submit your grant applications

Contact details

Application forms and guidance notes

Research training fellowship 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 Research training budget template [excel file]

Annex B Host institution sign off form

Annex C Collaborator form

Annex D Research involving animals

Annex E: Clinical and research time sign off form

Research training fellowship guidance notes


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


General scheme queries

T: 020 7566 2565