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.

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. 

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.

Key benefits of partnering with Moorfields:


Pre-doctoral clinical academic fellowships (PCAF)

Moorfields Eye Charity is delighted to announce that it will partner with the NIHR Academy on 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.

Who can apply?

Applicants must belong to one of the ICA eligible professions and be employed by a provider of health and/or care services that is providing at least 50% of its services free at the point of delivery. The full eligibility criteria for the scheme are listed in the Applicant Guidance Notes, which are published to accompany each competition.  Please see page 9 of the guidance notes for details on funding for partnership fellowships.

What are the benefits of this fellowship?

The PCAF is a two year award (or can be taken up part-time over 30 or 40 months) during which Fellows split their time equally between their clinical position and the academic training funded through the award.

Alternatively applicants can undertake academic training on a full-time basis and complete the award in 12 months.

Applicants can request up to 20% clinical development time paid for through the award (this would constitute part of the academic training time).

Beyond the fellowship award, the NIHR also provides a range of programmes to complement training programmes, regular networking opportunities, bespoke workshops and events, as well as personal advice and guidance on funding opportunities

How to apply to the PCAF scheme:

All queries about the application process and NIHR remit should be directed to the NIHR Academy (, With the subject ICA).  Potential applicants are strongly advised to read through the scheme guidance notes and use the resources for prospective applicants which can be found on the NIHR website.

Applicants are invited to apply and consider timetable below.

  • The HEE/NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship – Round 2, 2019 is now open and closes on Thursday 11 April 2019
  • A full application submission timetable will be available here
  • Successful applicants for the jointly funded awards will become NIHR Academy Members, as with standard Fellowships. This is in addition to additional benefits that are provided by charity partners


NIHR Academy – Moorfields Eye Charity joint Doctoral Fellowships

These fellowships will include full salary support and research costs, allowing researchers protected time to concentrate on their research, as well as supporting the development of a bespoke training and development programme to meet their individual needs and career trajectory.

The first round for this scheme has now closed.  Please revisit our website in due course to see details of future funding rounds.

Read more about NIHR training programmes here.