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
  • 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

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.

Honored Persons Behind the Named Fellowships

Graham Gordon Lovett AM, 1936-1999

Graham Gordon Lovett AM, 1936-1999, was a former professional tennis player, sports administrator and first President of Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation (1982-99).

Graham was a member of many State and National Boards relating to sport at the top level. He was a born marketer and excelled in all that he did. As first President of the Foundation he opened many doors and set the Foundation up for success.

Mabs Melville, 1918-2014

Mabs Melville was born into an American philanthropic family in New York. Her mother was a grand-daughter of Ezra Cornell, New York philanthropist, politician and co-founder of the Cornell University. Following this family tradition, generosity for supporting genuine causes became second nature for the rest of her long life living in New York, Hawaii and Australia.

After graduating from the William and Mary University in Williamsburg, Virginia in the late 1930s Mabs married a resident of Honolulu where she lived for the next twenty years. After her husband died, she visited Australia on a holiday and met John Melville who became her second husband and together they settled in Sydney. After John Melville’s death in the mid 1980s, Mabs married her third husband and moved to the North Coast of New South Wales. After his death in 1992 she lived alone supported by two staff members whom she had provided their respective properties nearby.

Mabs was a private person who never sought public recognition in her lifetime. One of her major bequests was to the Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation for perpetual ophthalmic treatment of patients at Sydney Eye Hospital.

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

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

In 1952 Eddie started the Retinal Unit at Sydney Eye Hospital, when retinal detachment surgery was often a failure due to poor understanding and poor surgical techniques of the time. He reversed this trend and greatly improved the success rate of retinal detachment surgery.

He was very active in the planning and rebuilding of the Sydney Eye Hospital at its former location in Woolloomooloo, incorporating adequate facilities to establish a Chair in Ophthalmology. Eddie was a Fellow of Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation and many of his grateful patients made significant Bequests to the Foundation in appreciation of the fine care and treatment given to them.

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.

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 Wei Wei Lee

Dr Eddie Donaldson Vitreoretinal Fellow

Dr Kelvin Teo
Dr Kelvin Teo

Medical Retinal Fellow

Dr Nick Toalster
Dr Nick Toalster

Corneal Fellow

Dr Tamir Weinberg
Dr Tamir Weinberg

Clinical Research Vitreoretinal Fellow

Dr Shay Kehat-Ofir
Dr Shay Kehat-Ofir

Oculoplastic Fellow

Dr Nikki Angbue Te
Dr Nikki Angbue Te

Graham Lovett Vitreoretinal Fellow

Dr Alessandro Invernizzi
Dr Alessandro Invernizzi

Professorial Clinical Research Fellow

Dr Elisa Cornish
Dr Elisa Cornish

Professorial (Uveitis) Fellow

Dr Kay Lam
Dr Kay Lam

Glaucoma Fellow

Fellowships Further Information

Available Dates

The next Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation Fellowships Available Dates are as follows:

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 Application Opening & Closing Dates

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Fellowship Requirements

  • Fully qualified Ophthalmologist in your country.
  • 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;
  • 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)

How to apply for your fellowship

Fellowship Application Includes the Following Documents

  1. Current Detailed CV (Please refer to AHPRA’s Guideline for this document – (Click on for further info)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.
  5. 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

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?

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

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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.}

  • International English Language Test System (IELTS) Academic module Test report form number:
    • The Board requires an IELTS Academic module score of at least 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
  • 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).
  • Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) Part 2
  • 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:


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

If you have any fellowship enquireies email:


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

Information for Successful Fellows

Information for Successful Fellows.doc
This Info is ONLY for Selected Fellows