The Academy Resident Travel Fellowships (RTF) submission window will be open from August 5th  to August 26, 2022. 

Allergan Resident Travel Fellowship

Allergan_logo_Primary_CMYKThe Academy is pleased to offer Resident Travel Fellowships to attend Academy 2021 Boston. Through a generous grant from Allergan Eye Care, a number of residents will have the opportunity to be awarded a Travel Fellowship for $750. All 2021-22 Residents (except for Contact Lens Residents) are eligible to apply for the Allergan Travel Fellowships. Contact Lens Residents can apply for Travel Fellowships through the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies section. 


Application criteria will include online submission of the completed application, a current curriculum vitae, NBEO Scores and the Allergan Resident Travel Fellowship essay (this is the required Allergan Resident Travel Fellowship essay; this is not your abstract submission for Residents Day at Academy 2021 Boston). Residents are required to write a brief essay describing: 1. What factors contribute to a diagnosis of dry eye? 2. What are the elements of a comprehensive treatment plan? (min 300 words, max 500 words). Resident MUST be a member of the Academy to be eligible. Award recipients must attend the meeting in order to receive their awarded check. The Academy’s Residents Day Committee will evaluate all completed Allergan Eye Care Resident Travel Fellowship applications.

It is the standard policy of the Academy that recipients who receive a travel stipend to attend an event, cannot receive a second or duplicate travel stipend for the same event, from the Academy or its affiliate, the Foundation.

American Academy of Optometry Foundation Resident Travel Fellowship

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation supports optometric education and research with the goal of improving eye and vision care provided by optometrists to their patients. The AAOF Resident Travel Fellowship will award two residents who are currently enrolled in an accredited residency program  in good academic standing, and who have a paper accepted to present either at Residents Day or through the scientific program. (It will be listed as the Optometric Residency Matching Service in the drop down when applying). 

International Keratoconus Academy (IKA) Resident Travel Fellowship in Memory of Janet Barr

The IKA Resident Travel Fellowship is available to optometry residents who are currently enrolled in an accredited residency program, in good academic standing, and who have a paper accepted to present at Residents Day or through the Scientific Program at Academy 2021 Boston. 

Requirements: 
  • Must be a member of the American Academy of Optometry
  • Must submit a CV
  • Must submit NBEO score
  • One (1) page essay (500 words max) on:
    • 1) What factors contribute to the diagnosis of keratoconus?
    • 2) What are the elements of a comprehensive treatment plan?
Materials MUST be submitted online by the deadline using the online submission tool. Applications that remain incomplete after the deadline date will not be evaluated. 

Recipients are required to attend the AAOF Celebration Luncheon on Saturday, November 6 to receive their check. 

It is the standard policy of the Academy that recipients who receive a travel stipend to attend an event, cannot receive a second or duplicate travel stipend for the same event, from the Academy or its affiliate, the Foundation.

All award recipients by application and acceptance of award agree to allow the AAOF and/or the sponsor of the program to which they applied to publish their name, image, institution information, and any statement  or quote provided by the recipient. These may appear in a variety of media formats that announce/promote the program including, but not limited to, the AAOF and/or sponsor annual report, website, annual meeting promotional materials, etc. 

Florida Chapter Resident Travel Fellowships  

Two travel awards in the amount of $750 each will be awarded to attend Academy 2022 San Diego. The applicant must be member of the Academy and a resident from NOVA Southeastern University. The applicant must have an accepted paper or poster presentation in the Scientific Program or Residents Day Program at the Academy meeting to be eligible. 

Arizona Chapter Resident Travel Fellowship

The Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry is pleased to offer one educational travel fellowship in the amount of $750 to attend Academy 2022 San Diego. All 2022-23 residents in an accredited residency program located in the State of Arizona are encouraged to apply. Interested resident must complete the application form found on the Chapter’s website. The application should be emailed to the Arizona Chapter (arizona.aaopt@gmail.com) along with proof of registration to Academy 2022 San Diego by August 26, 2022. The name of the recipient will be announced at the Arizona Chapter’s Fall Meeting. All residents are encouraged to attend the meeting; however, attendance is not required to receive the travel fellowship. 

It is the standard policy of the Academy that recipients who receive a travel stipend to attend an event, cannot receive a second or duplicate travel stipend for the same event, from the Academy or its affiliates.

Click here for the link to the AZ AAO Resident Application form

Anterior Segment Section Resident Travel Fellowship

The Anterior Segment Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) is pleased to offer five educational travel grants to attend Academy 2021 Boston. The travel fellowship for $750 is generously sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. All 2021-22 residents providing direct patient care in anterior segment disease in an accredited residency program are encouraged to apply.


To apply, please complete and submit the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Write a brief essay on "Why the Anterior Segment is important to me" (300 words or less) 
  • Submit a Resident’s Day Case Report Outline with Anterior Segment focus (CL cases are excluded)
Requirements for award recipients:
  • Must be a member of the Academy
  • Must attend the Academy meeting (and be present at the Anterior Segment Section business meeting on Friday to receive their award)
  • Must have paper or poster accepted to present at Resident’s Day or through the Scientific Program at the annual meeting in Boston
Materials must be submitted online by the deadline using the online submission Open Water. The recipients are welcomed to attend the Section symposia events, Diplomate Preparatory Course (with registration) and the Diplomate reception. Candidates who have been awarded a grant through another Section will not be eligible. 

It is the standard policy of the Academy that recipients who receive a travel stipend to attend an event, cannot receive a second or duplicate travel stipend for the same event, from the Academy or its affiliate, the Foundation.

 

Ocutech Low Vision Research Travel Fellowship

Three $750 travel grants will be awarded to primary authors of a Low Vision paper or poster abstract selected to be presented at the annual meeting. 

Requirements:
  • Must be a member of the Academy
  • Must submit a CV
  • One-page essay (500 word max) about themselves and why they have chosen the field of low vision
  • Must have an accepted low vision abstract paper/poster
  • Applicant must submit at least one letter of recommendation
The AAO Low Vision Section will invite awardees to present summaries of their work at the Low Vision Section meeting.

Abstracts of papers selected for awards will be provided to Ocutech by the awardee to be placed on Ocutech's website in a section devoted to research awards.

It is the standard policy of the Academy that recipients who receive a travel stipend to attend an event, cannot receive a second or duplicate travel stipend for the same event, from the Academy or its affiliate, the Foundation.