Travel Grants


2021 Travel Grants

For ARVO 2021 virtual attendees

Travel grant recipients will have their meeting registration fees covered for the virtual 2021 ARVO Annual Meeting. Notifications will be sent to travel grant recipients prior to the early bird registration deadline of March 12. Recipients must have an accepted abstract for the 2021 ARVO Annual Meeting to be considered. 2021 travel grant recipients who participate in the meeting virtually will remain eligible to receive a travel grant to attend the meeting in person in future years.  

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 closed Jan. 8.  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 review and score accepted abstracts. The recipients are selected based on grant criteria and reviewer scores. Travel Grant recipients are notified by the first week of March.

Travel grant recipients

If you were awarded a travel grant for 2021, and you have previously paid for attendee registration, a refund in the full amount will be processed by March 15, 2021. Nothing further is required on your part, and an ARVO representative will contact you if further information is needed.