NIHR and Moorfields Eye Charity launch joint fellowship

Moorfields Eye Charity has formed a partnership with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academy to offer joint Doctoral Fellowships as part of the NIHR charity partner programme.

The joint 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. NIHR Moorfields Eye Charity fellows will be part of an active and supportive research community, which allows the opportunity for cross sector working; helping successful applicants to become future research leaders in eye care. 

Richard Lee, Deputy Director, NIHR Moorfields Clinical Research Facility said:

This alliance between the NIHR Academy and Moorfields Eye Charity creates the first dedicated pathway for aspiring eye and vision researchers to access the outstanding graduate training structures of Moorfields, UCL and the NIHR. As such, this nationally prestigious PhD fellowship is set to attract the most talented health professionals in the UK to build their clinical academic careers in the field of ophthalmology and drive innovations to save the sight of patients across the NHS and beyond

Moorfields Eye Charity is very proud to be a partner with NIHR on this fellowship scheme.  It is an exciting opportunity through our first joint funding initiative to work with such a leading organisation to provide support for the training of graduate students. The resulting PhD research projects will contribute towards the understanding, prevention and cure of eye conditions, carried out for the benefit of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and its patients. 

Our mission is to support Moorfields Eye Hospital to discover, develop and deliver the best eye care. In achieving this, we aim to be the leading charity for research into eye health, supporting the pioneering work of Moorfields and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology to make new discoveries and turn new knowledge into treatments to improve eye health and well-being outcomes for patients of Moorfields and around the world. Integral to this is the investment in the future leaders. 

Robert Dufton, Chief Executive, Moorfields Eye Charity said

Moorfields Eye Charity is pleased to be working in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research to create the NIHR Moorfields Eye Charity Fellowship scheme. Developing the next generation of researchers lies at the heart of our strategy to ensure that Moorfields Eye Hospital and University College London continue to pioneer new discoveries and turn new knowledge into treatments to improve the eye health and wellbeing of patients at Moorfields, across the UK and around the world.

NIHR was established by the Department of Health and Social Care with the aim of improving the health and wealth of the nation through research. They have partnered with seven charitable organisations across the sector to offer these jointly funded fellowships from October 2018. 


To find out more about partnering with Moorfields Eye Charity and to apply for our joint fellowship, please click here.

To learn more about the NIHR fellowship scheme, please click here.