American Academy of Optometry Foundation Resident Travel Fellowship

History and Purpose

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 Foundation is pleased to offer a new Resident Travel Fellowship Award which is funded by a generous contribution from The Optometric Residency Matching Service.

Eligibility and Application

The submission window will be open August 2, 2021 - September 6. 2021.

This year two AAOF Resident Travel Fellowships will be given to optometry residents who are currently enrolled in an residency program, in good academic standing, and who have a paper accepted to present either at Residents Day or through the scientific program.

Fellowship Requirements

  • Must be a member of the American Academy of Optometry
  • Must submit a CV 
  • One-page essay (500 word max) about themselves and why they have chosen the field of optometry
  • Applicant must submit at least one letter of recommendation

To become a student/resident member please visit: Student Membership

Materials MUST be submitted online by the deadline date (shown above) using the online submission tool. Applications that remain incomplete after the deadline date will not be evaluated. 

Fellowship Notes

Although residents can apply to attend a meeting for which they have previously been awarded a travel fellowship, priority may be given to first-time awardees.

It is the standard policy of the AAOF that program recipients who receive as part of their award, a travel stipend to attend an event, cannot receive a second or duplicate travel stipend from the Foundation or its affiliate, the AAO. Travel grants are awarded at the Celebration Luncheon. 

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, annual meeting promotional materials.

For further information contact:

Jennifer Rubin
Awards & Student Membership Engagement Manager
622 E. Washington St.  #300
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 321-319-4872


Komal Patel, OD
Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry

Fareesa Saddiqui, OD
Illinois College of Optometry

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