Boulter Fellowships

The BCPB's Boulter Fellowship Scheme was set up in 1982 to enable eye care professionals from the developing world to train in Britain and achieve the specialist skills needed in their country of origin.

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Fellowships, research grants and research mentorship awards

There is a great need for trained eyecare personnel in the developing world. That is why one of the key Vision 2020 objectives is to build up the eyecare resources in developing countries by providing specialist training, from community level to policy planning at national and regional levels. Our grants further these objectives.

BCPB aims to target the most resource deprived populations for benefit through the funding of research into blindness prevention. Low and lower middle income World Bank categories (see current classification by income) are regarded by BCPB as the areas in greatest need. Applications for work in upper middle income countries may exceptionally be supported, provided the major impact of the research is likely to translate directly into benefits for people in low and lower middle income economies. Work based in high income countries will be ineligible and work designed to answer questions relevant to high income economies will not be supported even if the actual research is undertaken in a low or lower middle income country.

BCPB has two Fellowship Programmes.

Boulter Fellowships provide trained personnel at MSC level.

Prevention of Blindness Fellowships provide both key research outcomes and top level personnel trained to Doctoral level.

To achieve these aims, an Advisory Panel of leading experts in global blindness has been set up.

Two types of Fellowship are offered. Barrie Jones Fellowships are awarded to UK based Fellows who carry out research in a developing country. Sir John Wilson Fellowships are awarded to students from developing countries who come to the UK to carry out research.

Applicants for Fellowships should read the Fellowship Guidelines and complete the Fellowship Application Form.

BCPB also funds Research grants worth up to £60,000 in total over one, two or three years which are awarded to UK research/training institutions. Research grants are available to clinicians, scientists or epidemiologists: a) to develop their research ideas and generate pilot data to facilitate a future application for a substantial grant; or b) to provide funding for a non-clinical PhD or DrPH studentship.

Applicants for Research Grants should read the Research Grant Guidelines and complete the Research Grant Application Form. Applicants for Studentships should read the Research Grant Guidelines and complete the Non-clinical PhD Studentship Application Form.

BCPB also funds Research Mentorship Awards. These build research links between hospitals and universities in developing countries and UK universities or NHS Trusts, with the goal of building research capacity. Grants between £5,000 and £15,000 will be awarded to enable applicants from developing countries with a colleague or mentor in the UK to work together to develop a research project. Grants are awarded to UK institutions only. Applicants for Research Mentorship Awards should read the Research Mentorship Guidelines, and complete the Research Mentorship Award application form.

Guidelines and application forms will be available from April 2017.

Lists of publications connected with BCPB-funded projects


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