You must use your Academy login credentials to access the application.
i. The submission window opens December 15, 2021 and closes February 15, 2022.
**Recommendation letters will be accepted until February 18, 2022 provided the application was submitted successfully by the February 15, 2021 closing date.**
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ii. Fellowship distribution is to the individual and released in the Fall. The Ezell Fellowship program is extremely competitive. There are approximately 40 applicants for an estimated nine to eleven fellowships given each year. Fellowships focus on specialized areas of research, such as glaucoma, cornea and contact lenses, and binocular vision and pediatrics.
iii. Preference will be given to first time awardees. Previous Ezell Fellows are eligible to apply. The maximum number of times an individual can be awarded an Ezell Fellowship is two.
iv. Applicants must be a graduate student enrolled in a full-time program of study and training in vision-related research that leads to a Master's or PhD degree. Completion of the degree program cannot be within the calendar year of the award/competition.
v. 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. To learn more, visit the AAO website: Student Membership for student membership information and Candidate for Fellowship for how to become a Fellow.
Applications are submitted online and must include:
Personal Statement (200 word limit) to include:
1. Your commitment and interest in optometric research and education
2. Any additional academic or research training, including honors, lectures, papers, posters not captured in your biosketch
3. Your teaching experience, training, and future education goals
4. Your short and long term career goals
NIH Biosketch - You must upload the "non-fellowship" NIH formatted bio sketch
Please note: In the Scholastic Performance section you do not need to list specific course listings and grades.
URL Bibliography - Your published works bibliography must be submitted as a URL link
Three (1-2 pages each at maximum) letters of recommendation from persons qualified to comment on your educational qualifications, research abilities, potential, and future teaching capabilities.
**Please note that a notification will be sent to the recommender with instructions to upload their letter once your application is submitted**
All grant/award submissions are initially reviewed for completeness and eligibility by Academy staff. Staff will work to notify applicants of eligibility and incompleteness prior to the application deadline to the extent feasible. Complete, eligible applications are then sent to the AAO Research Committee to provide a scientific merit review. This reviewing body sends its recommendations to the Programs Advisory Committee (PAC) who uses the reviewing body recommendations to select the final awardees in alignment with programmatic needs and corresponding gift agreements. The decision of the PAC is then sent to the AAOF Board for review and approval. The AAO/AAOF Conflict of Interest policy governs the actions of individuals involved throughout this review and approval process.
In accepting an Ezell Fellowship, students agree to:
- comply with all programmatic requests and to notify the Foundation of changes in student status such as a change to part-time status, a pause in training, or a discontinuation of training
- submit an abstract to the Academy Scientific Program in the year of application submission and award. Plan to attend the full Annual Meeting and the Foundation Celebration Luncheon, and perform a minimum of two volunteer hours at the Foundation booth
- acknowledge the Foundation in written and oral presentations
- submit a W-8 form (Non-U.S. residents) or W-9 form (U.S. Residents)
- consider pursuing a full-time career in optometric education and research in a school or college of optometry and supporting the Foundation through the Ezell Club, and working toward Fellowship in the AAO if not already obtained
It is the standard policy of the Foundation that program recipients who receive a travel stipend as part of their award cannot receive a second or duplicate travel stipend from the Foundation or its affiliate, the AAO.
All award recipients by application and acceptance of an award agree to allow the Foundation 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 will announce and promote the program including, but not limited to, the Foundation and/or sponsor annual report, website, and annual meeting promotional materials.
For further information contact:
Awards and Student Membership Engagement Manager
622 E. Washington St. #300
Orlando, FL 32801