Candidates for Fellowship are considered members of the Academy and are required to pay annual dues, due on January 1 of each year. Recent graduates pay a lesser amount on a sliding scale. The initial candidate dues fee is refundable if, for any reason, an applicant does not qualify for candidacy. Applications and dues received after October 1st will be credited through the following calendar year. 

One Time Candidate Application Fee: $60*

*Current student and resident members are not required to pay the application fee.

Annual Candidate Dues:

Graduated from professional school during current calendar year: $0
Graduated from professional school during the previous calendar year: $180
Graduated from professional school two calendar years ago: $275
Graduated from professional school three or more calendar years ago: $370

Dues payment includes an online subscription to the Optometry and Vision Science journal.

NOTE: Current and prior years dues payments are not refundable.

Not certain of your membership status? Contact the Academy at (321) 319-4860 or by e-mail at