PhD Studentships, United Kingdom

Publish Date: Aug 23, 2016

Deadline: Aug 31, 2016

The Studentships

As part of our commitment to encourage new and highly motivated graduates to take up and pursue a career in ophthalmic and vision research, applications are invited for Fight for Sight PhD Studentships to conduct research into any of the charity’s six research priority areas as detailed in the Charity’s Research Strategy 2012-2017. In addition the charity is keen to address the priorities identified by the Sight Loss and Vision Priority Setting Partnership.


A Fight for Sight PhD Studentship provides a grant of up to £100,000 to support the training of a graduate student for three years and leading to the presentation of a PhD.

It is a highly prestigious award made on a fully competitive and peer reviewed basis allowing a rigorous, fair and transparent selection process. In the 2016 Grants Round, Fight for Sight received 43 abstract applications, invited 19 full applications and awarded 7 PhD Studentships.

Fight for Sight is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and complies with its guidelines for best practice. Fight for Sight passed the AMRC’s 2015 Peer Review Audit.


  • Applications must be made by the potential PhD supervisor(s).
  • Supervisors must be attached to UK academic or medical institutions.
  • Supervisor(s) (first or second) must have a contract which extends beyond the termination date of the PhD Studentship.
  • The student appointed must not be medically or other clinically qualified professionals. Clinically active individuals should consider Fight for Sight Clinical Fellowship.
  • The scheme does not cover funding gaps for studentships already started.
  • The research may be undertaken in the UK or overseas.

Financial support and duration

  • Grant of up to £100,000 for three years from October 2016.
  • Includes the costs of
    • stipends (Minimum stipend £17,000 per year);
    • PhD fees at UK/EU rate;
    • consumables;
    • equipment essential for the project.
  • Excludes indirect costs and any other non-attributable overhead costs.
  • Excludes recruitment costs.


The call for the PhD Studentships is now open. The closing date for abstract submissions is 5pm on Wednesday 31 August 2016.

To apply click "Further official information" below.

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