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ICO Fellowships Program

The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Fellowships Program was organized to 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 countries and take part in programs to preserve vision and prevent blindness.

The ICO gratefully recognizes grants, gifts, and pledges to the ICO Fellowships Program. Support ICO Fellowships by contributing to the ICO, ICOFoundation, or the International Ophthalmological Fellowship Foundation (IOFF).  The IOFF was formed in Germany to support the fellowships. View ICO Fellowship donors.

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Three-Month Fellowships (offered by the ICO and its supporters)

These fellowships provide young ophthalmologists from developing countries with exposure to and training in several subspecialties in ophthalmology.  The program is intended to be flexible to meet the needs of different countries and individuals.  Approximately 60 Fellowships are awarded each year.

The ICO Three-Month Fellowship is awarded twice a year, with application deadlines of March 31 and September 30.

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ICO Three-Month Fellowship for Diagnosis and Therapy of Retinoblastoma

This ICO Three-Month Fellowship opportunity will be served at teaching institutes in India or in Iran.

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 Fellowship is awarded twice a year, with application deadlines of March 31 and September 30.

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ICO Three-Month Fellowship in Pathology, Oncology, and Microbiology

This fellowship is part of the ICO Three-Month Fellowship Program and is structured with the same award amounts and deadlines, but focuses on pathology, oncology, and microbiology.

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

A six-month training opportunity for Retinoblastoma is available for young ophthalmologists from developing countries who wish to get a deeper insight in diagnosis and treatment of Retinoblastoma. The fellowship will be served at teaching institutions in Mexico, China, Jordan, India, and Iran.

The Fellowship is offered by the ICO and the Eye Cancer Foundation (ECF).

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One-Year Fellowships

ICO-Retina Research Foundation Helmerich Fellowships
Support for one year of ophthalmology training in any subspecialty.  Fellowships are awarded to young ophthalmologists from developing countries who are committed to enhancing ophthalmic education and patient care in their home countries.  The fellowship honors Mr. W. H. Helmerich III and is sponsored by the Retina Research Foundation in cooperation with the ICOFoundation. 

Two ICO – Retina Research Foundation Helmerich Fellowships are awarded each year. The application deadline is September 30.

Each year since 2010, this fellowship has been awarded to two exceptionally well qualified young ophthalmologists from developing countries.  View past recipients (PDF-187 KB.)

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ICO-Fred Hollows Foundation One-Year Subspecialty Fellowships

This fellowship provides young ophthalmologists from developing countries with subspecialty training at a designated ICO Fellowship Training Center or other fellowship training program.

One ICO - Fred Hollows Foundation One-Year Subspecialty Fellowship will be awarded in 2016. The application deadline is September 30.

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