Postgraduate prizes

Anthony Molteno Prize for Ophthalmic Optics

Established in 2011 in recognition of the work of Professor Anthony Molteno and his contribution to ophthalmic education. Professor Anthony Molteno is a world authority on glaucoma, having been responsible for the development of, among other things, the Molteno implant. This was the first glaucoma drainage implant and it is considered to be the ‘gold standard’.


Eligibility: highest ranking student in Ophthalmic Optics in the Ophthalmic Science postgraduate coursework program.

Award: Plaque

Further information: Provided the work is of sufficient merit, this Award may be granted annually on the recommendation of the Head of the Discipline of Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health to the highest ranking student in Ophthalmic Optics for the degrees of Graduate Diploma in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science), Graduate Diploma of Science in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science), Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) and Master of Science in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science). In the event of two or more students being deemed to be of equal merit, the Award may be shared.

Bercovici Medal and Prize

The Bercovici Medal and Prize was established in 1997 by a donation of $10,000 from Professor Max Bennett of the Institute for Biomedical Research (now the Bosch Institute) and the Department of Physiology.


Eligibility: may be awarded annually to the candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy determined as having produced the best paper (published or in press) in the preceding calendar year. The candidate must be carrying out research in the Bosch Institute at the University of Sydney. The paper may be multi-authored, but the candidate must be the senior author and have made the major contribution to research in the paper as well as to the writing of the paper.

Approximate value: $450

Further information: The medal and prize are named after Professor Bennett's father in commemoration of his commitment to the idea that biomedical research provides the foundation for improving the well-being of mankind. The Medal and Prize may be awarded by the Dean of Sydney Medical School on the recommendation of a committee of the Bosch Institute established by the executive of the institute specifically for this purpose.

How to apply: The Bosch Institute emails eligible applicants each year with application details.

Clarence and Mabel Clark Prize

Established in 1988 by a bequest from the late Clarence Manning Clark.


Eligibility: a candidate enrolled in the Master of International Ophthalmology, Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science), Master of Science in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) or Master of Medicine (Refractive Surgery) judged to be the most proficient, upon graduation, in the study of the human eye.

2009 prize value: $1,400

Dr Adam Locket Award for Ophthalmic Anatomy

The Dr Adam Locket Award for Ophthalmic Anatomy was established in 2007 in memory of Dr Adam Locket, Department of Anatomical Sciences, University of Adelaide, and his contribution to ophthalmic anatomical education, in particular, his innovative development of unique ocular anatomy education resources for the ophthalmic science course at The University of Sydney.


Eligibility: highest ranking student in Ophthalmic Anatomy in the Ophthalmic Sciences postgraduate coursework degrees.

Award: Plaque

Further information: This award may be granted annually on the recommendation of the Head of the Discipline of Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health to the highest ranking student in Ophthalmic Anatomy for the degrees of Graduate Diploma in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science), Graduate Diploma of Science in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science), Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) and Master of Science in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science). In the event of two or more students being deemed to be of equal merit, the Award may be shared.

Francis A Billson Award

Established in 2008 in recognition of Professor Frank Billson, Foundation Professor of Ophthalmology, The University of Sydney and Director of the University's Save Sight Institute from 1985-2008 and his contribution to ophthalmic education.


Eligibility: highest ranking student in Ophthalmic Physiology in the Ophthalmic Sciences postgraduate coursework degrees.

Award: Plaque

Further information: Provided the work is of sufficient merit, this Award may be granted annually on the recommendation of the Head of the Discipline of Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health to the highest ranking student in Ophthalmic Physiology for the degrees of Graduate Diploma in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science), Graduate Diploma of Science in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science), Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) and Master of Science in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science). In the event of two or more students being deemed to be of equal merit, the Award may be shared.

Garnet Halloran Prize

The Garnet Halloran Prize was established in 1965 by a bequest from Dr G R Halloran. A further gift was donated in 1972 by Mrs Winifred L Halloran, the widow of Dr Halloran.


Eligibility: may be given annually to a student who was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree between 1st August of the previous year and 31st July of the current year in the subject of cancer of the head and/or chest (or other associated subjects).

Value: $900

How to apply: The supervisor of the PhD should nominate their student after 31st July each year. The nomination should include (i) an outline of the thesis content and achievement, (ii) explanation of its relevance to cancer of the head and neck or an associated subject (less than 500 words), (iii) a citation list of any publications and conference abstracts arising from the thesis.

Contact: Please send nominations to: Scholarships Office, Student Services, Sydney Medical School, Edward Ford Building (A27)

Closing date: Closed
Further info: Terms and conditions

Peter Bancroft Prize

The prize was founded in 1923 by a bequest of £1000 from the late Louise Bancroft of Brisbane for an annual prize in memory of her husband, Peter Bancroft, MB.


Eligibility: Doctor of Philosophy graduate in Sydney Medical School whose thesis has been passed by all three examiners without requiring any emendation or amendments.

Approximate value: $4,000

Further information: Provided that the work is of sufficient merit, the prize may be awarded annually on the results ending 31 May, by the Dean of Sydney Medical School on the recommendation of the Chair of the Board of Postgraduate Studies. In the event of two or more graduates being deemed to be of equal merit, the prize may be shared.

How to apply: No application is necessary.

Professor John Irvine Hunter Prize for Research in Anatomical Sciences

Established in 1990 by a bequest from the late Mrs Dorothy Elizabeth Fuller in recognition of Professor John Hunter’s distinction in both classical and research anatomy.


Eligibility: a candidate for a postgraduate research degree for the best research undertaken in the Discipline of Anatomy and Histology, provided the work is of sufficient merit.

Approximate value: $5,400

Further information: The prize is awarded annually by the Dean of Sydney Medical School on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Medical Sciences, after consultation with the Head of the Discipline of Anatomy and Histology. In the event of two or more students being deemed to be of equal merit, the prize may be shared.