We are researchers, clinicians and scholars committed to creating passion for vision research

The Peter Watson International Scholarship is a collaborative initiative supported by the Cambridge Eye Trust and inspired by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Science Communications Training Fellowship.


ARVO is the largest vision research organisation in the world, representing researchers from more than 75 countries. Its mission is to “advance research worldwide into understanding the visual system and preventing, treating and curing its disorders.”

In 2017, ARVO established the Science Communications Training Fellowship programme for its members in training. An international group of 20 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers were selected as fellows, with the responsibility of developing outreach programmes that enhance public engagement in vision research.


ARVO SciComm Training Fellows Tasneem Khatib and Craig Pearson, along with the University of Cambridge and Form the Future educational team, created the Peter Watson International Scholarship as part of this ongoing mission, with the goal of promoting interest in vision science and providing opportunities for students to gain exposure to research at the highest level.

We hope to engage UK students in the unique opportunity to see their research shared, both at home and abroad at the US National Institutes of Health.

The Founding Team

Craig Pearson

Marshall Scholar

NIH-Cambridge Scholar

ARVO SciComm Training Fellow

National Institutes of Health

University of Cambridge


Louise Richards

Managing Director Healthology

www. healthology.eu

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Tasneem Khatib

Specialty Registrar in Ophthalmology

Clinical Research Fellow

ARVO SciComm Training Fellow

Trustee of the Cambridge Eye Trust

University of Cambridge

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