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Travel Fellowship

The Society offers up to two travel fellowships for eligible trainees to present their work at an international meeting.
Each fellowship has a value of £500.

The Award

The Travelling Fellow award is an annual award made by the North of England Ophthalmological Society to trainee members in the North of England. The purpose of the award is to providing funding to cover registration fees, hotel, and travel costs to help trainees go to foreign conferences and present their work. For 2022 the amount is a fixed sum of £500.

Process of the Award

Trainee members of NEOS are invited to submit abstracts of papers, posters or videos they plan to present at an international meeting. These abstracts are for work to be submitted or in preparation for submission. The abstract must be accompanied by an indication of which international meeting it is destined for. If the abstract is already accepted a copy of the notice of acceptance must be included with the application. If it is not accepted, and is in submission, then once acceptance has been given this notice must be forwarded to NEOS.

Entrants may submit one abstract for consideration in a twelve-month period (irrespective of whether an award is made or not).

The winner is notified via email, so please provide a valid email address.

If awarded, the Society will send a conditional offer of the Award subject to proof of acceptance of the abstract from the meeting organisers and proof of registration/copy of conference fees receipt to attend the meeting. Once attendance at the meeting has taken place, NEOS will send the money and certificate to the winner. 

Travelling Fellows’ responsibilities and conditions of the Award

On receipt of the award the Travelling Fellow must:

be a current member of NEOS

declare the support of NEOS on their presentation, eposter or video (and supply a copy of the relevant media to NEOS for approval)

present their work to NEOS at a meeting within one year of the grant of the Award

ensure the research work presented has been wholly undertaken in a department of ophthalmology affiliated to the North of England Ophthalmological Society or in a university or research institute directly affiliated to that department


If for whatever reason the Travelling Fellow cannot fulfil any of the above criteria the Prize must be returned to NEOS. The Travel Award is subject to review by the NEOS Council and can be withdrawn at any time.

Dr Hayou (Derek) Wang – Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield

Practice of Immediate Sequential
Bilateral Cataract Surgery Since Covid‐19: The Sheffield Experience

40th ESCRS Congress
Dr Abigail Hopkins – York Hospital

An unusual case of intradural haemangioma of the optic nerve mimicking optic neuritis

19th EURETINA Congress
Mr Darren Ting – Sunderland Eye Infirmary
The Research Attitudes, Perceived Barriers to Conducting Research, and Views on Trainee Research Networks amongst the Ophthalmology Trainees
36th World Ophthalmology Congress, June 2018, Barcelona, Spain
Dr Claire Tomkinson – Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
Early Changes in retinal thickness when using intravitreal Ranibizubmab for age-related macular degeneration
EVER international conference, October 2018, Nice, France
Dr Stephanie Chiu – Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield
Comparison of different surgical techniques for secondary intraocular lens implantation for aphakia without capsular support
ESCRS, October 2017, Lisbon, Portugal