Travel Grants


Travel grants cover meeting registration fees for all recipients and provide partial travel support to investigators who plan to attend ARVO 2021 in person. Please note you are eligible to receive a travel grant if you plan to present virtually. Recipients must have an accepted abstract for the 2021 ARVO Annual Meeting to be considered. Travel grants are provided to those whose research findings in the abstract are considered to be of high interest to the vision and ophthalmology research community. The ARVO Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity for trainees and early career investigators to discuss their research with leaders in their fields and receive encouragement to continue their work.

These travel grants are funded by ARVO, the National Eye Institute, organizations and corporations, as well as through contributions to the ARVO Foundation for Eye and Vision Research.

Travel grants are awarded to those who:

  • are in full-time training or completed after June 2017 – individuals enrolled full-time as undergraduate, graduate, optometry or medical students at institutions of higher learning in a scientific field related to vision or ophthalmology who have not earned a doctorate level degree. Student status will be verified.

  • meet the criteria of travel grants

  • who have not previously received any of the following:

    • any ARVO Annual Meeting Travel Grant whether supported by ARVO, The ARVO Foundation for Eye Research, or a third party such as NEI, Retina Research Foundation, Nicolas Bazan, etc.

    • an International Chapter Affiliate-supported travel grant to the ARVO Annual Meeting

    • a Developing Country Eye Researcher Travel Fellowship (DCERF) award

The 2021 abstract submission process is now open until Jan. 8, 2021.  An abstract must be submitted and accepted to be eligible for any of the Travel Grants. Travel Grant application is part of the abstract submission process. A panel of recognized experts will review and score accepted abstracts. The recipients will be selected based on grant criteria and reviewer scores. Travel Grant recipients will be notified mid-February. Trainees that are awarded Travel Grants are required to pay for their expenses upfront. Reimbursement will take place within 3 – 6 weeks after the Annual Meeting.