Nine Fellowships at the International Council of Ophthalmology

 

ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship

The ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship allows one young ophthalmologist to continue basic or clinical research at a chosen university, preferably in a foreign country to where they live.

  • Open to candidates from all countries
  • Applications will be accepted for research work in the following subspecialties: Glaucoma, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Retina, Tumours, Uveitis, Dry Eye, and Cornea
  • One fellowship awarded per year, with US$50,000 stipend.
  • The deadline to apply is 15 January 2019. The ICO-Allergan Advanced Research fellow will be chosen and notified at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting (28 April – 2 May 2018) in Vancouver.
  • The inaugural 2018 ICO-Allergan Advanced Research fellow, Emilio A. Torres Netto, will be officially announced at WOC2018 in Bacelona, 16–19 June 2018.

Basic Requirements:

  • Minimum 12 months of research training
  • Online application on the ICO website (see below)
  • Copy of specialist exam in ophthalmology that must be successfully passed
  • Applicant must be under 40 years of age at the time of applying
  • Applicant must be reasonably fluent in the language of the fellowship training center
  • The ICO recommends that candidates pass one or more ICO exams. We consider this in the assessment of applications (www.icoexams.org).
  • Applicants from countries with ophthalmologic societies that are Members of the ICO will receive special consideration.

Research Requirements:

  • Detailed CV, including detailed publications list and impact factors
  • Description of previous work in the field of the application
  • Endorsement of the current program director
  • Detailed description of how research work should be continued during the fellowship
  • Feasibility confirmation of chosen host university
  • Sustainability statement, e.g., confirmation from the present program director that the applicant may return after his/her fellowship and resume his/her position.

How to Apply:

ICO Three-Month Fellowships

The ICO Three-Month Fellowships help promising young ophthalmologists from developing countries improve their practical skills and broaden their perspectives of ophthalmology.  Fellows are expected to bring the acquired knowledge and skills back to their home country and take part in programs to preserve and restore vision.

  • Award:  US$6000 (maximum) to help cover living expenses and return travel.  The exact amount is subject to actual student-style living expenses in the host country.
  • Approximately 60-90 three-month fellowships are awarded each year.
  • For applications submitted by the 31 March deadline, the fellowship is awarded and notices are sent out in July.  The earliest start date is 1 October of the same year.
  • For applications submitted by the 30 September deadline, the fellowship is awarded and notices sent out in January.  The earliest start date is 1 April of the same year.

Requirements:

  • Residency training must be completed before applying for the fellowship.
  • Specialist exam in ophthalmology must be successfully passed.
  • Applicant must be under 40 years of age at the time of applying.
  • Applicant must return to home country after the training, resume previous positions, and apply the knowledge gained during the fellowship.
  • Applicant must be reasonably fluent in the language of the fellowship training center.
  • The ICO recommends that candidates pass one or more ICO exams.   We consider this in the assessment of applications (www.icoexams.org).
  • Applicants from countries with ophthalmologic societies that are Members of the ICO will receive special consideration.

How to Apply:

ICO-Children’s Eye Cancer Foundation Three-Month Retinoblastoma Fellowships

This ICO Three-Month Fellowship opportunity will be served at teaching institutes in India or in Iran and is sponsored by the Children’s Eye Cancer Foundation. The fellowship opportunity is open to any qualified candidates who are interested in gaining skills and experience in Retinoblastoma diagnosis and therapy.

The program is part of the ICO Three-Month Fellowship Program and is structured with the same award amounts and deadlines, with the exception that candidates within the country of India or Iran may apply. Other ICO Fellowships do not allow candidates to apply for fellowships in their home countries.

The ICO Three-Month Fellowships help promising young ophthalmologists from developing countries improve their practical skills and broaden their perspectives of ophthalmology.  Fellows are expected to bring the acquired knowledge and skills back to their home country and take part in programs to preserve and restore vision. Download more information about this Fellowship.

  • Award: US$6000 (maximum) to help cover living expenses and return travel. The exact amount is subject to actual student-style living expenses in the host country.
  • Approximately 4-6 ICO Three-Month Fellowships for Diagnosis and Therapy of Retinoblastoma are awarded each year.
  • For applications submitted by the 31 March deadline, the fellowship is awarded and notices are sent out in July. The earliest start date is 1 October of the same year.
  • For applications submitted by the 30 September deadline, the fellowship is awarded and notices sent out in January. The earliest start date is 1 April of the same year.

Requirements:

  • Residency training must be completed before applying for the fellowship.
  • Specialist exam in ophthalmology must be successfully passed.
  • Applicant must be under 40 years of age at the time of applying.
  • Candidates from India may apply to this Fellowship. Other applicants must return to home country after the training, resume previous positions, and apply the knowledge gained during the fellowship.
  • Applicant must be reasonably fluent in the language of the fellowship training center.
  • The ICO recommends that candidates pass one or more ICO exams.   We consider this in the assessment of applications (www.icoexams.org).
  • Applicants from countries with ophthalmologic societies that are Members of the ICO will receive special consideration.

How to Apply:

ICO-International Uveitis Study Group (IUSG) Three-Month Fellowships

This ICO-IUSG Three-Month Fellowship opportunity  is open to any qualified candidates from low resources countries who are interested in gaining skills and experience in Uveitis diagnosis and therapy. The fellowship will take place at an institute of IUSG members.

The program is part of the ICO Three-Month Fellowship Program and is structured with the same award amounts and deadlines.

The ICO-IUSG Three-Month Fellowships help promising young ophthalmologists from low resource countries improve their practical skills and broaden their perspectives of ophthalmology, specifically in Uvetis.  Fellows are expected to bring the acquired knowledge and skills back to their home country and take part in programs to preserve and restore vision.

  • Award: US$6000 (maximum) to help cover living expenses and return travel. The exact amount is subject to actual student-style living expenses in the host country.
  • Four ICO-IUSG Three-Month Fellowships are awarded each year.
  • For applications submitted by the 31 March deadline, the fellowship is awarded and notices are sent out in July. The earliest start date is 1 October of the same year.
  • For applications submitted by the 30 September deadline, the fellowship is awarded and notices sent out in January. The earliest start date is 1 April of the same year.

Requirements:

  • Residency training must be completed before applying for the fellowship.
  • Specialist exam in ophthalmology must be successfully passed.
  • Applicant must be under 40 years of age at the time of applying.
  • Applicant must return to home country after the training, resume previous positions, and apply the knowledge gained during the fellowship.
  • Applicant must be reasonably fluent in the language of the fellowship training center.
  • The ICO recommends that candidates pass one or more ICO exams.  We consider this in the assessment of applications (www.icoexams.org).
  • Applicants from countries with ophthalmologic societies that are Members of the ICO will receive special consideration.

How to Apply:

ICO-World Glaucoma Association (WGA) Three-Month Fellowships

This ICO-WGA Three-Month Fellowship opportunity is open to qualified candidates from sub-Saharan Africa who specialize in Glaucoma.

The program is part of the ICO Three-Month Fellowship Program.

The ICO-WGA Three-Month Fellowships help promising young ophthalmologists from sub-Saharan Africa improve their practical skills and broaden their perspectives of ophthalmology, specifically in glaucoma.  Fellows are expected to bring the acquired knowledge and skills back to their home country and take part in programs to preserve and restore vision.

  • Award: US$6000 to help cover living expenses and return travel.
  • Four ICO-WGA Three-Month Fellowships are awarded biannually, in years when the World Glaucoma Meeting will happen.
  • ICO-WGA Fellows are invited to attend the biannual World Glaucoma Meeting and will be referred to host institutes in this country for their three-month observerships.
  • For applications please contact fellowship@icoph.org.

Requirements:

  • Residency training must be completed before applying for the fellowship.
  • Candidates must come from sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Specialist exam in ophthalmology must be successfully passed.
  • Applicant must be under 40 years of age at the time of applying.
  • Applicant must return to home country after the training, resume previous positions, and apply the knowledge gained during the fellowship.
  • Applicant must be reasonably fluent in the language of the fellowship training center.
  • The ICO recommends that candidates pass one or more ICO exams.  We consider this in the assessment of applications (www.icoexams.org).
  • Applicants from countries with ophthalmologic societies that are Members of the ICO will receive special consideration.

How to Apply:

ICO-ECF Six-Month Fellowships for Diagnosis and Therapy of Retinoblastoma

The  International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) and Eye Cancer Foundation (ECF) six-month training opportunity is available for young ophthalmologists from developing countries who wish to gain a deeper insight into Retinoblastoma diagnosis and treatment. The ICO-ECF Six Months Fellowship will be served at teaching institutions in Mexico, China, Jordan, India, and Iran. Fellows are expected to bring the acquired knowledge and skills back to their home country and take part in programs to preserve and restore vision.

  • Award:  US$6000 to help cover living expenses and return travel. The exact amount is subject to actual student-style living expenses in the host country.
  • Approximately 4-6 three-month fellowships are awarded each year.
  • Applications are flexible. For more information, reach out to fellowship@icoph.org.

Requirements:

  • Applicants from countries with ophthalmologic societies that are Members of the ICO will receive special consideration.

How to Apply:

ICO-Retina Research Foundation One-Year Helmerich Fellowships

ICO-Retina Research Foundation Helmerich Fellowships provide support for one year of training in any subspecialty to young ophthalmologists from developing countries who are committed to enhancing ophthalmic education and improving patient care in their home countries.

  • Award: US$25,000 to help cover living expenses and return travel.
  • Application deadline: 30 September, with applicants notified by 30 November.
  • Two ICO-Retina Research Founcation One-Year Helmerich Fellowships are awarded each year to commence within 15 months after award notification.
  • Open for training in any subspecialty.

Requirements:

  • Applicants from countries with ophthalmologic societies that are Members of the ICO will receive special consideration.

How to Apply:

  • The application deadline is 30 September of each year.
  • View the online application.
  • Applicants may reapply if their previous application was rejected.
  • Questions?  Please review Frequently Asked Questions before contacting the ICO – Retina Research Foundation Helmerich Fellowship Committee at:helmerich@icoph.org.

ICO-Fred Hollows Foundation One-Year Subspecialty Fellowships

Offers young ophthalmologists from countries in which the Fred Hollows Foundation is active one year subspecialty training at a designated ICO Fellowship Training Center.

  • Award: US$24,000 to help cover living expenses and return travel.
  • Three ICO-Fred Hollows Foundation One-Year Subspecialty Fellowships will be awarded each year.
  • Fellowships commence the year following application. For example, a successful 2016 applicant will begin his or her fellowship after January 2017.
  • Fellowships are awarded no later than January.

Requirements:

  • Applicant must reside in a developing country.
  • Applicant must be under 40 years of age at the time of applying.
  • He or she must be a graduate of an ophthalmology residency training program.
  • Specialist exam in ophthalmology must be successfully passed.
  • Applicant must be recommended by the ophthalmology head of a teaching institution or public service hospital in a developing country.
  • He or she must be accepted for ophthalmology subspecialty fellowship, one year in duration, at an advanced ophthalmology training center.
  • Applicant must be reasonably fluent in the language of the fellowship training center.
  • He or she must be committed to return to a position at a teaching institution or public service hospital in the fellow’s home country.
  • The ICO recommends that candidates pass one or more ICO exams. We consider this in the assessment of applications (www.icoexams.org).
  • Applicants from countries with ophthalmologic societies that are Members of the ICO will receive special consideration.

How to Apply:

  • The application deadline is 30 September of each year, with applicants notified no later than January.
  • Applicants may reapply if their previous application was rejected. Note that the ICO Fellowship Committee will assume the applicant’s qualifications have significantly improved since last applying.
  • View the online application.
  • Questions? Please review Frequently Asked Questions before contacting the ICO Fellowship Committee at: fellowship@icoph.org.

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