Glaucoma UK is a leading charity dedicated to supporting those affected by glaucoma. The charity is proud to announce the establishment of the Pitts Crick Career Development Fellowship, a three-year post-doctoral research fellowship awarded to help mark the charity’s golden jubilee anniversary. The fellowship will support a rising star within glaucoma research, who the charity hopes will go on to play a pivotal role in transforming glaucoma diagnosis or treatment into the future.



Named after Glaucoma UK's founder, Ronald Pitts Crick, the fellowship embodies his vision and dedication to advancing glaucoma diagnosis and treatment. Glaucoma UK is delighted to expand its research portfolio with this fellowship opportunity and anticipates building a close, long-term relationship with the selected researcher. The fellowship seeks to identify and support a dedicated and ambitious early-career researcher who has a track record of delivering impactful research projects and aspires to establish themselves as an influential glaucoma specialist.

  • Visit to learn more and apply for this award.
  • Applications open on 14 March, 2024. The outline proposal deadline is at 5.00pm on 31 May 2024.
  • The full application deadline is at 5.00pm on 22 September 2024.
  • This fellowship is supported by Glaucoma UK members and supporters.

Glaucoma UK’s Chief Executive, Joanne Creighton, said: “Eye research is unfortunately underfunded compared with other areas of health and only 1.3% of health research in the UK is invested specifically in eye health. That is why it is an incredible opportunity for our charity to be able to support an early-career researcher to build on the legacy of Ronald Pitts Crick and other researchers to improve glaucoma care.

"We are excited to find the right candidate for this project; an individual who will become a leader in the field of glaucoma research and a passionate advocate for the charity’s mission. We are also incredibly grateful to our members and supporters who have contributed to this fellowship and are thrilled for them to be part of the future of glaucoma research.”

Professor David ‘Ted’ Garway-Heath, UK Glaucoma Professor of Ophthalmology at University College London, and Consultant Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK, said: “I am delighted to support Glaucoma UK’s efforts in launching this career development fellowship. It has been a rewarding experience for me to be able to work closely with the charity over many years. Research plays a significant role in glaucoma care and I am proud of Glaucoma UK’s investment in this important work.

"As the Glaucoma UK Professor, I am committed to promoting the charity’s mission and I also look forward to supporting the recipient of this fellowship in their journey to transform glaucoma care through research.”