Bursaries and Travel Awards


In 4 years, we’ve helped more than 75 young people embark on training as orthoptists, dispensing opticians optometrists. This is a competitive scheme and applications can only be accepted in the prescribed form during the application period from October to December 2020. We are sorry but we do not offer student hardship grants.

Information on the bursary scheme will be distributed via all universities and optical training institutions in the UK, as well as being advertised here on the website and on Twitter (@spectaclemakers).

Travel Awards

A Travel Award Scheme for ophthalmologists in training was first launched in 2017, offering awards of up to £1,000 each to help with the costs of presenting research findings at national and international conferences. This extends the help we can give to young ophthalmologists who are postgraduate, qualified doctors and so would not qualify for our bursary scheme.

Information on travel awards and application forms will appear here on the website from December 2020 and will also be distributed via the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Award winners in both the bursary scheme and the Travel Award programme must provide written reports on their progress. The Charity Trustees will take a continuing interest in their future careers and award winners are warmly invited to join the Company.

“For my final year project, I decided to research the ocular pathophysiology of SARS-CoV2. I’ve been able to utilise my bursary from the Spectacle Makers’ Charity toward my placement expenses, allowing me to concentrate on my studies. You have  enabled and motivated me to become a competent clinician and make a significant impact to this field – thank you.”

Balpreet Bains

Bursary Winner 2019