As part of our mission we have a responsibility to provide innovative products that enhance quality of life by helping people see better. Alcon also extends this responsibility to the way in which we support eye care practitioners and their support teams.


Course Structure 

This two-year scholarship comprises five courses, each lasting two days. Courses 1-4 take place at the Alcon Academy in Surrey, UK, while Course 5 is held at another of our state-of-the-art European facilities. All travel and accommodation costs will be covered by Alcon. 

As part of the programme you will have the opportunity to understand and develop many different skills that can benefit you, your patients and your peers as part of your everyday practice (no matter what setting that might be). We focus on experience based learning, providing you with a strong foundation of knowledge for you to then put into practice in a safe environment. We collaborate with many different experts in their field, bringing them to you so that you can learn from the best.  

These areas range from communication, business acumen and psychology, clinical consulting room strategies and methods to surgical techniques and pathways. 

Application Process 

The application window is normally open for 4-5 weeks per year. Suitable candidates for this programme are newly qualified optometrists (with between 2 – 5 years experience).  They are requested to email their interest to during the application window. Candidates are then required to complete an online assessment and submit a personal statement and reference from a sponsor. 

Scholar Testimonials 

‘Continue to present a brilliant Scholarship. I wouldn’t have made the decisions I have without attending this. Everything has been relevant and it’s been great to explore all the areas of our profession. I have enjoyed it so much I can’t thank everyone enough’.

'Thank you so much for everything. I’ve really benefitted from and enjoyed attending the various touch points’.

‘It was a great experience, thank you so much for the opportunity. You guys were nice and relaxed, easy to talk to and very informative! Amazing, can’t wait to return’.

Click on the links below to hear more from our Scholars about their experience on the new programme

If you would like to register interest in this programme or find out more please contact our Professional Affairs team, or speak to your Alcon Business Development Manager or Alcon Practice Development Manager.