PhD 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 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. Fight for Sight is looking to fund up to 6 PhD studentships. 

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 2017 Grants Round, Fight for Sight received 51 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).
  • Please note that Fight for Sight will only accept one PhD Studentship application from the same individual acting either as supervisor or second supervisor.
  • Supervisors must be affiliated with a 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 otherwise clinically qualified professionals. Clinically active individuals should consider the MRC / Fight for Sight Clinical Research Training Fellowships.
  • 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 2018.
  • Includes the costs of
    • stipends (Minimum stipend £17,000 per year);
    • PhD fees at UK/EU rate;
    • consumables;
    • equipment essential for the project.
    • open access publication costs
  • Excludes indirect costs and any other non-attributable overhead costs.
  • Excludes recruitment costs.


This call for the PhD Studentships is now closed. The next call for abstract submissions will open on Wednesday 11 July 2018. For shortlisted applicants the closing date for full application submissions is 5 pm on Thursday 8 November 2018.

Application must be submitted via our online system
Late applications will not be considered.

The successful applicants of the 2018-2019 grants round will be notified early February 2019.

Online application key steps What to expect online (Abstracts) Terms and Conditions

Grants Assessment Panel

The Grants Assessment Panel (GAP) members help us in assessing applications and make recommendations to the Grants Committee.

For more details about the grant making process please look at our Research Strategy 2012-2017.