The submission window opens December 5, 2018 and closes February 1, 2019.
**Recommendation letters will be accepted until February 4, 2019 provided the application was submitted successfully by the February 1, 2019 closing date.**
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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.
Preference will be given to first time awardees. Previous Ezell Fellows are eligible to apply. The maximum number of years an individual can be awarded an Ezell Fellowship is two years.
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.
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.
NIH Biosketch - You must upload the "non-fellowship" NIH formatted bio sketch
URL Bibliography - Your published works bibliography must be submitted as a URL link
Please submit three one to two page max 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**
The Research Committee of the American Academy of Optometry reviews all fellowship applications and sends its recommendations to the Foundation which approves and funds the Ezell Fellowships through endowments and corporate sponsorship.
In accepting an AAOF Ezell Fellowship, students agree to:
- comply with all programmatic requests and to notify AAOF of changes in student status
- submit an abstract to the Academy 2018 San Antonio Scientific Program
- acknowledge the AAOF in written and oral presentations
- attend the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Optometry and attend the AAOF Celebration Luncheon, and perform a minimum of two volunteer hours at the AAOF booth.
- pursue a full-time career in optometric education and research in a school or college of optometry
- consider support of the AAOF through the Ezell Club and work toward Fellowship
- submit a W-8 form (Non-U.S. residents) or W-9 form (U.S. Residents).
It is the standard policy of the AAOF 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 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 will announce and promote the program including, but not limited to, the AAOF and/or sponsor annual report, website,and annual meeting promotional materials.
For further information contact:
Foundation Program Manager
2909 Fairgreen Street
Orlando, FL 32803, USA