Sunday, April 16, 2006

Short term Fellowship

Short term fellowships

  • Objectives
  • Application
  • Training Opportunities
  • Sponsored Funded Opportunities


Short term fellowships are designed for education of the international ophthalmologist striving for advanced training in both research as well as clinical ophthalmology. These fellowships are usually established to support promising young ophthalmologists as they improve their practical and research skills and broaden their perspectives in ophthalmology. Fellows will be expected to bring their acquired knowledge and skills back to their own country and participate in programs to prevent blindness in the home country.


Although most short term fellowships are research based, some universities do allow limited patient contact to the fellows. Short term fellowships are offered in most of the subspecialties of ophthalmology and application materials are mostly available on the institutional websites. Individual programs and universities have their own requirements for visa and licensure. States like California offer special license privileges to international fellows for limited patient contact. We strongly encourage the applicant to contact individual programs for further information. To inquire about a particular university policy for Foreign Students we encourage you to contact individual Graduate Medical Education (GME) or institutional international Offices.

Please visit for the complete program listings.

International fellowships may be funded or non-funded. Fellows must bring financial support from their home institution or other sources if non-funded. Many institutions will require the international fellow to document the availability of sufficient funds to cover living expenses for one year including lodging, food, medical and repatriation insurance, and travel. These expenses could be highly variable according to the cost of living of that specific community.


  1. Participation in patient care.
  2. Observing various aspects of healthcare including management.
  3. Participation in Academic and teaching activities.
  4. Participation in research.
  5. Participation in national and international meetings.

Selected - Sponsored Short Term Fellowship

1. International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO)- International Fellowship: Training Young Ophthalmologists from Developing Countries ( )

IFOS/ICO Fellowship Director Balder Gloor, MD, makes the following suggestions for those interested in applying for Fellowships:

1. Read the Policies for the Fellowships carefully and we encourage you to follow the steps to apply exactly.

2. This includes checking the Directory of Fellowships for a location and institution that would be appropriate for you and contacting the host directly, as described in the instructions.

3. Once you have determined a Fellowship host, submit an application.

4. the best way to communicate with Dr. Gloor by e-mail (

March 31 and September 30 are sually the deadlines to apply for each round of the IFOS/ICO Fellowships.

Fellowships generally last three months, but the program is intended to be flexible to meet the needs of different countries and individuals. Under special circumstances, an IFOS/ICO Fellowship can be part of a longer fellowship.

The Fellowship does not cover fees for observors.

The goal of the Fellowship is as follows:

"The IFOS/ICO Fellowship has been established to support promising young ophthalmologists to improve their practical skills and broaden their perspectives in ophthalmology.

By awarding young ophthalmologists this Fellowship, ICO/IFOS will contribute to VISION 2020 and also enhance collaboration between institutions dedicated to eye care."

2. The Association of Asian Indians in Ophthalmology in the United States of America

Purpose: To provide subspecialty training in ophthalmology at participating and other centers in the United States to suitable ophthalmologists from India. The subspecialty areas will include: External Disease and Cornea, Retina and Vitreous, Glaucoma, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Pediatric Ophthalmology, and Ocular Pathology.

Duration: 3 months

Support: The fellow will receive $1000 a month to cover the cost of lodging and boarding. He or she will be provided funds to support his or her cost for attending the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The candidate is responsible for round-trip transportation from India to their final destination within the United States.

Qualifications: Qualified ophthalmologist of Indian origin who has completed his/her residency and post-graduate studies from an accredited institution in India. He/she is affiliated or has offers for affiliations with a medical institution or hospital involved in patient care, research and/or teaching. The candidate should demonstrate reasonable evidence that upon return to India, he/she will be in a position to utilize his/her training for patient care, research and teaching in India.


1. All the applications received will be reviewed by members of the Fellowship Committee.

2. Each applicant will receive a priority score* on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest score.

3. The top 4-5 candidates will be interviewed by the Fellowship Committee or the representative selected by the Committee at the All India Ophthalmological Society Meeting in India and each will receive their interview priority score, also based on 1-10, 10 being the highest score.

4. The best candidate will be chosen on the basis of his/her priority score obtained from #2 and #3.

* The priority score assigned from both the application review and the interview will take into account his/her prior training, current position and future goals and prospects to utilize the training in practice, research and training of future ophthalmologists.

The application and instructions are below. Please print clearly.


Short-Term Fellowships are intended for researchers early in their career and provide up to 3 months of support to learn techniques in a new area of research or establish new collaborations in another country. Short-Term Fellowships may be awarded at any stage in a researcher's career though preference is given to independent young scientists early in their career.

For all fellowship programs, researchers from a supporting country can apply to work in any other country, while other nationals can only apply for training in a supporting country (see list below).

Short-Term Fellowships are awarded for visits to foreign laboratories of 2 weeks to 3 months to learn new methods or initiate new collaborations. The fellowship provides a per diem living allowance and the cost of travel to and from the host laboratory.

Applications for Short-Term Fellowships may be submitted at any time of the year.

Supporting countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus (EU part only), the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, the Republic of Ireland, the Republic of Korea, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.


Other potential funding sources


neelam said...

nice short tips for internatinal fellowship by drs shah & bhola

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