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€1,000 Observership Grants for Young Ophthalmologists

Submissions are now open!
The awards will be made in June 2022

Open to trainees and residents in all European countries who wish to visit a European hospital/university to observe clinical practice.

Grants are available for:

Residents in the second half of their training programme, OR Fellows of age 35 years and younger that are licensed to practice and are currently subspecialising in cataract or refractive surgery.

The next Observership awards will be made in June 2022. Deadline for submissions is: Monday 16 May

Please read this page carefully before submitting your grant application.

The European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) has developed a grant programme to support European trainee ophthalmologists who wish to observe clinical practice in a hospital or university setting. Awardees must be ESCRS Members. Free 5-Year ESCRS Membership for Trainees is available. For more information visit the ESCRS Membership section.

Awardees must make their own application to a suitable university or hospital centre.

Duration: one-to-two weeks

Number of Grants: 10 grants will be awarded per year

Your application must contain the following information:

  • * Curriculum Vitae (one-page) including your email address
  • * List of publications and teaching activities within the last 3-years
  • * Letter of intent from applicant stating
    • – Their principal interest in cataract and/or refractive surgery
    • – Perceived benefit from training outside their own country
    • – Country where they intend to practice
  • Letter of support from the present head of department of their institution


Grants will be awarded based on the application documents. The decision on support will be based on the application documents and is done in a competitive process.

Successful application will be asked to provide a short description of their experience at the end of their observership

Applications will not be considered until all documents have been received.

Clinics/Hospital Centres

Listed have observership programmes available for visiting ESCRS Young Ophthalmologists.

Clinic Location Contact
Hanusch Hospital AUSTRIA Prof. Oliver Findl, MD
Kepler University Clinic AUSTRIA Dr Nino Hirnschall
Instituto Microcirugia Ocular of Barcelona BARCELONA, SPAIN Dr. José Luis Güell
Antwerp University Hospital BELGIUM Prof. Dr. Sorcha Ni Dhubhghaill
Special Eye Hospital “Svjetlost” Banja Luka BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Dr. Bojan Kozomara
Eye clinic Svjetlost CROATIA Sanja Brkljacic
CHU MORVAN – Universite de Bretagne Occidentale FRANCE Prof. Beatrice COCHENER
Institute of Vision and Optics GREECE Prof. Ioannis Pallikari
University Eye Clinic THE NETHERLANDS Dr. Rudy MMA Nuijts, MD, PhD
Oxford Eye Hospital UK Mr Paul Rosen
Grant Application

Documents required prior to application: