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We fund PhD Studentships to support the training of graduate students in the areas of understanding, preventing and finding treatments for eye conditions and vision disorders.

We believe it’s critical to support and invest in the leaders of tomorrow. Our PhD Studentships enable training and support for early-stage researchers in their journey to become tomorrow’s leaders.

Prospective supervisors are invited to apply for one of our PhD studentship grants.

In 2022, we’ve strengthened our commitment to support PhD trainees. We have enhanced our PhD studentship by increasing stipend and research expenses allowances. 

Application deadline and decision timelines

There is one round of applications a year and next deadline will be in 2022.

Round 1 - Autumn 2022

  • Opens: 6 May 2022
  • Closes: 21 July 2022
  • Outcome: applicants will be notified in December 2022


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The principal supervisor must normally hold an academic or clinical post with Moorfields Eye Hospital or the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and will normally be in receipt of salary funding for the duration of the grant.

Applicants can normally submit only one application as principal supervisor and be the named subsidiary supervisor on no more than two per funding round.

Joint principal supervisors will not normally be permitted.

How much can I apply for?

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Funding can be requested up to a maximum of £125,000 including:

  • A stipend of £69,000 over three years. This rate has been set by Moorfields Eye Charity.
  • PhD registration fees of £18,288. This is the UK rate set by University College London.
  • Research expenses/​consumables

Grant duration

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Full time 3 year PhD studentship.

Part-time PhD studentships will not be considered as part of this funding programme.

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Please complete all relevant forms and return completed applications by email to and include any annexes or relevant attachments. 

Before you submit an application, please ensure you have referred to the grant guidelines and have secured all the necessary signatories. 

Completed applications must be submitted no later than 12pm (noon) on the date of the advertised deadline. 

Before you begin

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Please ensure that you have read the following:

Preparing your application

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You will need to prepare a detailed proposal (in Arial font size not smaller than 11 points) that complies with the instructions and eligibility criteria outlined in the specific grant guidelines.

Make sure to check out what local approvals and signatures you will need prior to submitting an application. You should allow two weeks for sign off by the research offices, as they will be busy with other applications.

All applications must be approved by the Moorfields Eye Hospital Research and Development Office even if all the research (and costs) will be carried out at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology or another institution.

Please ensure that files are saved in the original file format and not converted to PDF.

For any other enquiries or additional support, please contact the Moorfields Eye Charity Grants and Research Team.

Phone: 0207 566 2565

Files for your application