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Developing Country Eye Researcher Travel Fellowships

ARVO Foundation for Eye Research has partnered with the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology to develop a fellowship that brings investigators from developing countries to the ARVO Annual Meeting and introduces them to the latest trends and developments in eye and vision research. The Fellowship began in 2008 and has since then brought 95 researchers from 35 different countries.

Researchers selected for participation receive an award that covers transportation, lodging and per diem, in addition to registration for the ARVO Annual Meeting and complimentary ARVO membership for one year. To enhance the experience, ARVO members are selected to serve as “mentors” during and after the ARVO Annual Meeting. Along with assistance from the mentors, a welcome breakfast is held to aid the recipients in navigating the Annual Meeting and gives them the opportunity to meet and network with others involved with this fellowship. A breakfast is also held on the final day of the Annual Meeting in order for recipients and mentors to share their experiences. 

Participation in this initiative provides the researcher with:

  • The experience of having attended a major scientific research meeting with many educational options.
  • Information about research methodologies that could be transferable for use in the recipient's institution.
  • Face-to-face interaction and networking with colleagues not otherwise possible.
  • Mentor relationships that could transcend the Meeting experience.

Recent recipients

View the 2016 Developing Country Eye Researcher Travel Fellowships recipients.

2016 supporters

Many thanks to the following for their continued support:

  • Alcon Foundation
  • Alcon South Africa
  • Ophthotech 
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Wayne State University - Kresge Eye Institute
  • Women in Eye and Vision Research (WEAVR)
Individuals, organizations and companies that have a special interest in international activities or in encouraging global research, specifically pertaining to eye and vision sciences are asked to consider making a contribution to ensure the success and continuation of this initiative. If you are interested in supporting a researcher, please contact the Foundation.