The Academy Resident Travel Fellowships (RTF) submission window will be open from August 2 to September 6, 2021. 

Allergan Resident Travel Fellowship

Allergan Academic PartnershipThe 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.

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 Residents who are currently enrolled in an accredited residency program $750 to attend our annual meeting. 

Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies Resident Travel Fellowship

coopervision logoThe Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) is pleased to have the opportunity to provide educational travel grants, generously sponsored by CooperVision. This grant will enable Cornea and Contact Lens, or Refractive Surgery optometric residents to attend Academy 2021 Boston, November 3-6, 2021. All 2021-22 residents who provide direct patient care are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please complete and submit the following:

  • Completed Application form
  • Resume, no more than two (2) pages
  • A one (1) page paper on what you see as benefits of being a Fellow in the Academy
  • Speak to a current CCLRT Diplomate about the section and the diplomate process.
  • Residency program coordinator sends an email certifying that the applicant is a contact lens resident and provides direct patient care.

Resident MUST be a member of the Academy to be eligible. Award recipients of the travel fellowships must attend the Academy meeting. They are also welcomed to attend the Schapero lecture, the section symposia events, and the diplomate reception on Friday evening.

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. 

  • 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. 

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  

Four travel awards in the amount of $750 each will be awarded to attend Academy 2021 Boston. 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 has established a travel grant program to encourage and assist optometry residents to attend the Academy’s Annual Meeting.  Monetary awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.

Applicants to the Arizona Chapter of AAO Travel Grant Program must be currently enrolled in an ACOE accredited residency program in the state of Arizona.

One travel grant of $750.00 will be awarded to one resident recipient. The cash award will be used to defray the cost of travel-related expenses (registration, hotel, airfare etc.) associated with attending the Academy’s Annual Meeting.

Interested residents must complete the application form found on the Chapter’s website. The application should be emailed along with his/her one-page statement and CV by the deadline of August 21, 2021

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

 Selection of Recipients
Travel grant recipients will be considered for selection based on the strength of their statement. The statement should be no more than one page in length and attached as a separate page. Please also include a current CV. 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 grant. 

Payment of Travel Grants
A $750.00 check will be presented to the recipient if present at the Fall Meeting; otherwise it will be mailed to the recipient’s address provided. 

Recipients are required to supply the Arizona Chapter of AAO with proof of registration to the Annual Meeting.

The Arizona Chapter of AAO reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of the travel grant program and to make changes at any time.

Additional Information
Questions regarding the scholarship program should be addressed to the Chapter’s email account at

Anterior Segment Section Resident Travel Fellowship

The Anterior Segment Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) is pleased to offer two 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 inBoston
Materials must be submitted online by the deadline using the online submission tool Scholar One. 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.