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ICO Three-Month Fellowships

The ICO Three-Month Fellowships 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 country and take part in programs to preserve and restore vision.

  • Award:  US$6000 (maximum) to cover travel and living expenses for three months.  The exact amount is subject to actual student-style living expenses in the host country.
  • Approximately 60 three-month fellowships are awarded each year.
  • For applications submitted by the March 31 deadline, the fellowship is awarded and notices are sent out in July.  The earliest start date is October 1 of the same year. 
  • For applications submitted by the September 30 deadline, the fellowship is awarded and notices sent out in January.  The earliest start date is April 1 of the same year.

Requirements:

  • Residency training must be completed before applying for the fellowship.
  • Specialist exam in ophthalmology must be successfully passed.
  • Applicant must be under 40 years of age at the time of applying.
  • Applicant must return to home country after the training, resume previous positions, and apply the knowledge gained during the fellowship.
  • Applicant must be reasonably fluent in the language of the fellowship training center.
  • The ICO recommends that candidates pass one or more ICO exams.   We consider this in the assessment of applications (www.icoexams.org).
  • Applicants from countries with ophthalmologic societies that are Members of the ICO will receive special consideration.

How to Apply:

One-Year ICO-Retina Research Foundation Helmerich Fellowships

ICO-Retina Research Foundation Helmerich Fellowships provide support for one year of training in any subspecialty to young ophthalmologists from developing countries who are committed to enhancing ophthalmic education and improving patient care in their home countries.

  • Award: US$25,000 for one year to cover round trip travel, living expenses, health coverage, liability coverage, and professional expenses.
  • Application deadline: September 30, with applicants notified by November 30.
  • Two 12-month fellowships are awarded each year to commence within 15 months after award notification.
  • Open for training in any subspecialty.

Requirements:

  • Applicant must be from a developing country.
  • Applicant must be under 40 years of age at the time of applying.
  • Applicant must be a graduate of an ophthalmology residency training program.
  • Applicant must be recommended by the ophthalmology head of a teaching institution or public service hospital in a developing country.
  • Applicant must be accepted for ophthalmology subspecialty fellowship, one year in duration, at an advanced ophthalmology training center.
  • Applicant must be reasonably fluent in the language of the fellowship training center.
  • Applicant must be committed to return to a position at a teaching institution or public service hospital in the fellow's home country.
  • The ICO recommends that candidates pass one or more ICO exams.   We consider this in the assessment of applications (www.icoexams.org).
  • Applicants from countries with ophthalmologic societies that are Members of the ICO will receive special consideration.

How to Apply:

  • The application deadline is September 30 of each year.
  • View the online application.
  • Applicants may reapply if their previous application was rejected.
  • Questions?  Please review Frequently Asked Questions before contacting the ICO – Retina Research Foundation Helmerich Fellowship Committee at: helmerich@icoph.org.

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