The David and Molly Pyott Foundation Scholarships in Ophthalmology

A number of online learning Masters scholarships are available in the field of Ophthalmology for students from Africa, Central and South Asia, Caribbean Islands, Pacific Islands, Central and Latin America who have been accepted for admission to the two-year, part-time online ChM (Master of Surgery) in Clinical Ophthalmology in academic session 2020-2021


Each scholarship will cover the tuition fee for the entire programme of study and funding towards a laptop and internet service. The award is tenable for two academic years, subject to academic progress.

The scholarship is funded by the generous support of The David and Molly Pyott Foundation.


The scholarships will be awarded to students who are accepted for admission on to the online learning Master of Surgery (ChM) in Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of Edinburgh, one of the Edinburgh Surgery Online suite of Masters programmes.  Applicants should already have been offered a place at the University of Edinburgh and should have firmly accepted that offer or be intending to do so.  Applicants should be advanced trainees/residents/registrars in ophthalmology.  Applications from ophthalmologists in independent practice may also be considered.

Applicants must be both nationals of and resident in the following countries:

Algeria Chile Guyana Morocco South Africa
Angola Colombia Honduras Mozambique South Sudan
Argentina Comoros India Namibia Sri Lanka
Azerbaijan Congo Indonesia Nepal Sudan
Bangladesh Congo (Democratic Republic) Ivory Coast Nicaragua Suriname
Belize Costa Rica Kazakhstan Niger Swaziland
Benin Djibouti Kenya Nigeria Tajikistan
Bolivia Ecuador Kyrgyzstan Pakistan Tanzania
Botswana Egypt Laos [Lao PDR] Panama Thailand
Brazil El Salvador Lesotho Paraguay Togo
Brunei [Brunei Darussalam] Equatorial Guinea Liberia Peru Tunisia
Burkina (Burkina Faso) Eritrea Libya Philippines Turkmenistan
Burma [Myanmar] Ethiopia Madagascar Rwanda Uganda
Burundi Gabon Malawi Sao Tome and Principe  Uruguay
Cambodia Gambia, The Malaysia Senegal Uzbekistan
Cameroon Ghana Mali Seychelles Venezuela
Cape Verde Guatemala Mauritania Sierra Leone Vietnam
Central African Republic Guinea Mauritius Singapore Zambia
Chad Guinea-Bissau Mexico Somalia Zimbabwe

Also eligible are applicants (nationals and residents) of the:

Caribbean Islands

Pacific Islands


Selection is based on academic merit and the personal statement in which you describe your current contribution to your country’s local and national ophthalmology development plans and how you will use the scholarship to further contribute to the development of ophthalmology services in your country.

Successful applicants will be committed to working in their country’s ophthalmology service on completion of their studies; to using their new found skills to further enhance and develop the service; and to fostering clinical and academic links between their country’s medical universities, ophthalmology teaching hospitals and research institutes and The University of Edinburgh.


  1. Complete an online EUCLID application for the ChM (Master of Surgery) in Clinical Ophthalmology – instructions on full application process can be found on the University’s degree finder page here.  Wait for decision on application via EUCLID.
  2. If eligible to join the course, you will be given a conditional or unconditional offer, which you must accept prior to applying for a scholarship.
  3. Apply online for the scholarship via the Edinburgh Surgery Online (ESO) website’s Scholarships section by Monday 1st June 2020.  

In the ESO Scholarships section, click on The David and Molly Pyott Foundation Scholarships title and then click on the link to apply online. You will be asked to enter the following information:

Page 1:  University Application Number

Enter your University application number (UUN) that you will have received from your online EUCLID application for a place on the ChM.

Page 2: Tell Us Where You Are Based

Do you reside in and are you a national of one of the LMIC countries listed above?  (Yes/No) Please state which one(s).

Page 3: Personal Statement

Include a personal statement (maximum 500 words) in which you describe the following:

  • your reason for applying for the Masters programme
  • how undertaking this course of study will benefit your career, and
  • how you envisage this course enhancing your working practices to transform ophthalmology services in your country to improve eyecare.

Page 4: CV (Resumé)

Include a copy of your CV (resumé).

Page 5: Letter of Support

Include a letter of support for your scholarship application from your Ophthalmology Educational/ Training Programme Supervisor or Director in your locality. It is important to us that our scholars are supported in their workplace whilst studying with us.

Final Page

Acknowledgement of your scholarship application will be provided by the ESO team in due course.


All applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of July 2020.

Related Links

ChM (Master of Surgery) Clinical Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology Masters

Edinburgh Surgery Online

Pyott Scholarship Online Application 2020-2021

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