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€1,000 Observership Grants for Young Ophthalmologists

Submission is closed.
The awards will be made in June 2020

We, ESCRS have not invited applications in 2021 given the changing circumstances around travel, but we very much hope to be able to invite applications next year.

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:

  1. Residents in the second half of their training programme, OR
  2. 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 2020. Deadline for submissions has now passed.

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 3 Year ESCRS Membership For Trainees 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

10 grants will be awarded per year

Application must contain the following information:

  • * Curriculum vitae (one page) and e-mail 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 applicants 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 observorship programmes available for visiting ESCRS Young Ophthalmologists.

Clinic Location Contact
Hanusch Hospital AUSTRIA Prof. Oliver Findl, MD
Instituto Microcirugia Ocular of Barcelona BARCELONA, SPAIN Marga Guell
Antwerp University Hospital BELGIUM Prof. Dr Marie-José Tassignon, MD,PhD,Febo
Eye Clinic “Kozomara” BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA Dr Bojan Kozomara
CHU MORVAN – Universite de Bretagne Occidentale FRANCE Prof. Beatrice COCHENER
Augentagesklinik Spreebogen GERMANY Prof. Manfred Tetz
Goethe University Frankfurt am Main Department of Ophthalmology GERMANY Prof. Thomas Kohnen
Institute of Vision and Optics GREECE Prof. Ioannis Pallikari
San Carlo di Nancy Hospital, GVM Care&Research ITALY Scipione Rossi, MD
University Eye Clinic Cyril & Method SLOVAKIA Prof. Andrej Cernak, MD, DrSc.
Vissum Corporacion Oftalmologica SPAIN Prof. Jorge Alio
University Eye Clinic THE NETHERLANDS Dr. Rudy MMA Nuijts, MD, PhD
Oxford Eye Hospital UK Mr Paul Rosen
International Medical Centre Oftalmika UKRAINE Medvedev Boris, Svidko Kateryna
Eye clinic Svjetlost ZAGREB Prof. Nikica Gabric
Grant Application

Documents required prior to application: