Allergan Resident Travel Fellowship

The Academy is pleased to offer Resident Travel Fellowships to attend Academy 2017 Chicago. 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 2017-18 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.


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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 2017 Chicago). 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). 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.

Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies Resident Travel Fellowship

The 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 2017 Chicago, October 11-14, 2017. All 2017-2018 residents who provide direct patient care are encouraged to apply.

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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.

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.