Could you be the student awarded a Peter Watson International Scholarship?

What is it?


The Peter Watson International Scholarship is a national award open to all students undertaking a science related Extended Project Qualification.


This is a great opportunity for anyone considering science, technology, medicine or engineering as a career to experience what it’s like at the cutting edge of research and technology and gain an international perspective.

What does it offer? 

Ten students will be invited to Cambridge to spend a working week with Hospital Consultants and University Professors involved in ophthalmology research. 


All expenses paid residential week (Monday pm - Friday am). Finalists will be accommodated within one of the historical Cambridge Colleges. 


Finalists will have the opportunity to visit Cambridge medical and scientific institutions and other science related institutions and events.

They will receive mentorship and supervision from scientists in Cambridge and take part in a week-long specially designed programme of events including:

  • Lab trips

  • Research bench work as part of a clinical team

  • Group research projects

  • Social activities such as punting, Hall Dinner and sight-seeing

At the end of the week finalists will present their EPQ project to a panel of judges followed by the Winner of the PWIS Scholarship being announced.

2020/2021 Event timings: Cancelled

How do you apply?


Submit your extended project by emailing this form to


I'm not sure I'm interested in medicine, is it worth applying?

The Founders of PWIS are research and clinical Specialists in Ophthalmology, a specialism of medicine concerned with sight. We aspire to open student's eyes to this fascinating area of science - pure science disciplines, engineering, computer programming, social science, physiology to name a few non-medical specialisms all have an important role to play in ophthalmology research and application.  Even if your project is not directly related to eye research it should not be difficult to see how it could be applied.