Fellowships | Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation


The Sydney Eye Hospital Honorary Fellowships

Speciality Areas of Fellowships


The Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation offers one year (12 months) Fellowships in the following speciality areas:


Graham Lovett Vitreoretinal Fellowship - January to December

Mabs Melville Corneal Fellowship – January to December

Dr Eddie Donaldson Vitreoretinal Fellowship - July to June

Corneal Fellowship – July to June

Glaucoma Fellowship – July to June

Oculoplastic Fellowship – July to June

Professorial (Uveitis) Fellowship – January to December

Medical Retinal Fellowship – July to June

Honored Persons Behind the Named Fellowships


  1. Graham Gordon Lovett AM, 1936-1999

  3. Mabs Melville, 1918-2014

  5. Dr Edgar (Eddie) John Donaldson AO, 1920-2000


Funding for the Fellowships


The Fellowships are honorary positions within the Hospital because the Foundation pays the salary and not the hospital.

The current salary (which is taxable under Australian Income Tax Law) is set at $54,000 per annum. In addition there is an allowance of $1,000 per Fellowship to cover certain registration costs that are imposed by Immigration, AHPRA and RANZCO. These amounts are subject to review.


These Fellowships are subject to availability of placement within the Sydney Eye Hospital. Approval of funding does not necessarily mean that a placement will be available. Placements are determined by the Clinical Services Director.

Period of Time for Fellowships


These Fellowships are for a period of twelve (12) months depending upon the practical start date which can be impacted by an applicant’s lack of information provided in completion of their documentation.


Lead times in getting all approvals in place can take as long as eight (8) months. So time is of the essence – please ensure that you follow the guidelines in detail.

Fellowship Qualifications


Applicants need to be qualified ophthalmologists with a pass in the IELTS English Test with a score of 7.0 or better in each of the four components, is mandatory (refer Medical Board of Australia – English language skills registration standard).

Performance appraisals are carried out and Fellowships can be terminated on poor performance.

Current Fellows

Dr Wei Wei Lee

Dr Eddie Donaldson Vitreoretinal Fellow

Dr Kelvin Teo

Medical Retinal Fellow

Dr Nick Toalster

Corneal Fellow

Dr Tamir Weinberg

Clinical Research Vitreoretinal Fellow

Dr Shay Kehat-Ofir

Oculoplastic Fellow

Dr Nikki Angbue Te

Graham Lovett Vitreoretinal Fellow

Dr Alessandro Invernizzi

Professorial Clinical Research Fellow

Dr Elisa Cornish

Professorial (Uveitis) Fellow

Dr Kay Lam

Glaucoma Fellow

Fellowships Further Information

Fellowship Application Opening & Closing Dates

  • Glaucoma

    Glaucoma Fellowship Application Will Open from 1 June 2018 to 31 July 2018

  • Uveitis

    Professorial (Uveitis) Application Will Open from 1 June 2018 to 31 July 2018

  • Corneal

    Corneal Application Will Open from 1 June 2018 to 31 July 2018

  • Oculoplastic

    Oculoplastic Application Will Open from 1 June 2018 to 31 July 2018

  • ED/Vitreoretinal

    Dr Eddy Donaldson Vitreoretinal Application Will Open from 1 June 2018 to 31 July 2018

  • Medical Retinal

    Medical Retinal Application Will Open from 1 June 2018 to 31 July 2018

  • GL/Vitreoretinal

    Graham Lovett Vitreoretinal Application Will Open from 1 June 2018 to 31 July 2018

  • MM/Corneal

    Mabs Melville Corneal Application Will Open from 1 June 2018 to 31 July 2018

Applications are invited for the above positions. Each Fellowship is paid by a grant from the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation with a taxable stipend of $55,000 per annum. The Fellowships will provide experience in the clinical management (including surgery) and research in the relevant fields.

Fellowship Requirements

Fellowship Application includes the following Documents

Fully qualified Ophthalmologist in your country.


Current Detailed CV (Please refer to AHPRA’s Guideline for this document – (Click on for further info)

Current Pass in IELTS Academic Module – Score 7.0 in each of the 4 components is a Must. Applications with scores less than 7.0 in each component, will not be accepted.

Experience in the clinical and possible laboratory research in eye conditions;


Names and contact details of 3 Referees- One Referee will be the Applicant’s immediate current supervisor/manager whilst the others would have direct personal knowledge of the applicant’s conduct and performance.

Experience in postgraduate teaching to registrars and residents

English Translation – If you submit a document that is Not in English (click on for further info)

Certifying Documents (Click on for further info)


Certified copy of Undergraduate Medical and Ophthalmology Degree

(with the correct wording: “I certify that I have sighted the original document and this is a true copy of it” Signed by a JP-Notary Public – Solicitor etc.)

Please Note: We need a certified copy of the original IELTS Certificate (Academic Module) – (Valid only for 2 years) Current Pass with a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the 4 components is a Must (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) – without IELTS Certificate your application won’t be accepted.


Cover Letter (1 page) about yourself, what qualifications & experience you have for this position, why you want to apply and what you hope to gain from this Fellowship.

Regarding IELTS (Click on for further info)

Question from Medical Board of Australia


Application for Limited Registration for post graduate training or supervised practice as a Medical Practitioner (Form ALPS-30)


To be eligible for limited registration for postgraduate training or supervised practise you must be able to provide evidence of English language skills that meet the Board’s English language skills standard.


Did you undertake and complete your secondary education and your tertiary qualifications in the profession, in English, in one of the following countries?



International English Language Test System (IELTS) Academic module Test report form number:

If your answer is YES to the above question




You Must submit a Certified Copy of the original evidence of having undertaken your secondary education in English.


And if your answer is NO


Then which of these English language examinations have you successfully completed? {Pass result must be obtained in one sitting.}

The Board requires an IELTS Academic module score of at least 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

New Zealand

Republic of Ireland

South Africa

Occupational English Test (OET) Candidate number:

The Board requires completion and an overall pass in the OET, with grades A or B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

United Kingdom

Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) Part 2

United States of America

New Zealand Registration Exam (NZREX)

You must attach a certified copy of your Board-approved English language test result.

Express Your Interest in a Fellowship

Now that you have read the full information on each Fellowship and their Available Dates, the Application Opening & Closing Dates, Qualification Requirements, and your Application Inclusions.


Please submit your Application to meet these requirements according to the opening and closing dates.


No applications will be accepted after this date for these Fellowships.

(Email applications will NOT be accepted)


Forward your application to:



If you have any fellowship enquireies email


Amrita Sharma

The Office Manager

Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation

GPO Box 1614

Sydney NSW 2000


The Office Manager

Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation

Centre Block

8 Macquarie Street

Sydney NSW 2000


Do not Email your application, Please Post it – we will not accept Email Application

Information for Successful Fellows

Information for Successful Fellows.doc

This Info is ONLY for Selected Fellows

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