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William C. Ezell Fellowship

To encourage talented persons to pursue full-time careers in optometric research and education in a school or college of optometry. Fellowships are for one year and the current amount of the award is $8,000. Each student also receives travel grants to the annual meetings of the American Academy of Optometry and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, which are $750 each.

Graduate students, currently enrolled, who as of September 1, 2017 will still be registered as a graduate student in a full-time program of study and training in vision-related research that leads to a Master's or PhD degree. Applicants must be a member of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO); whether as a student, candidate, or Fellow at the time of acceptance of any award.

Deadline is Jan 26, 2018

American Academy of Optometry Foundation

Joseph T. Barr Early Cornea and Contact Lens Research Award

Provides $2,000 for research project seed funding for a project in the area of cornea/ocular surface or contact lenses, payable to the institution of record, for a new upcoming project not already funded from another source, plus $750 travel funding to the AAO annual meeting for use within one year from award issue. This award will be eligible competitively for a one-time renewal.

Must be first or second year MS or PhD (can be in a graduate program alone, or combined with a professional/residency program) in vision science or physiological optics at a North American School/College of Optometry. Recipient must not have applied during the same application year nor previously received an Ezell Fellowship.

February 1 – April 1, 2018

American Academy of Optometry Foundation

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