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ICO Fellowships Program

Dear Colleagues,

Please note due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting travel limitations and safety risks, we are unable to process fellowship applications at this time. We invite all candidates who submitted their applications on or after 1 April 2020 to re-apply when the application process resumes. More information regarding the new date for accepting applications will be posted in early 2021. Please direct all future communications to

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to receiving your application in the near future.

The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Fellowships Program was organized to help promising young ophthalmologists from low-resources 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. For the ICO-Allergan Advanced Research Fellowship, we encourage applicants from all countries.

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.

To learn more about specific ICO Fellowships including, sponsors, stipends, and application dates click on the links below under "ICO Fellowships."

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Please review the current criteria and application procedures below, as this will help you complete the application process: ICO Three-Month Fellowships ICO-Children's… More »

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Fellowship Application Documents and Report Forms

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Three-Month Fellowship Alumni Profiles

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