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Grants for Individuals - Medical Student Eye Research Fellowship

Fellowships to USA Medical Students to
Conduct Eye Research Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB)

Deadline Date:

06/15/19 - Deadline for nominations; Applications accepted through 07/01/19.


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Fellowships of $30,000 to USA medical students to take one year off from medical school studies to conduct eye research. The purpose of this program is to encourage promising medical students to pursue careers in ophthalmology or eye research. The fellowship must take place prior to the third or fourth year of medical school, and a portion of the funding should be used to finance the recipients research activities.

The program is neither intended to become a vehicle to assure the candidate a residency, nor used simply to provide technical assistance. The candidate, mentor, and the proposed training program are evaluated in the review process. Mentors should carefully consider the research project and its objectives as well as the role of and outcomes for the medical student within the project, as they will be required to submit this information in the application.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183385

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Term of Contract:

Candidates must be prepared to devote all of their time to the proposed research project during the fellowship.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only current RPB-grantee departments of ophthalmology may nominate candidates for the Medical Student Eye Research Fellowship. RPB-supported Chairs may nominate a medical student prior to his/her third or fourth year of medical school. Only MD students are eligible; MD/PhD students are not eligible to apply.

The primary mentor’s full-time primary appointment must be in ophthalmology. Part-time ophthalmology faculty may not be primary mentors. The training and/or projects should merit support, not just provide a technician within the department.

RPB Grantee Chairs may nominate one candidate in each grant review cycle enabling a school to possibly receive two (2) MSFs per calendar year.

Previous recipients of this award are not eligible to apply.

Chairs may nominate only one person per grant category, per cycle, and candidates must be either US citizens or permanent residents (green card holder) by the application deadline. All RPB grants must remain free of institutional overhead and are non-transferable to other individuals or other institutions. Should the student or the mentor leave the department of ophthalmology, the department must return any unspent funds. Any equipment purchased with RPB funds is the property of the Department of Ophthalmology.

Pre-Application Information:

The fall cycle application deadline is July 1, with nomination forms due no later than June 15. For the January 10 application deadline, nomination forms are due no later than December 15. Applications received without a prior nomination form will not be accepted. (If deadline falls on a weekend, consider the following business day the deadline.)

Complete the nomination form (in Word) and email to Pattie Moran.

Application: RPB will accept applications and most supporting documentation via the password-protected page on RPB’s website that has been established for application submission. Please note only one (1) upload action, with application and all applicable supporting documentation, will be accepted per candidate. This upload must be received no later than 11:59 pm ET on the deadline date.

Recommendation letters must be sent directly from the referee or his/her office and cannot be attached to the candidate’s application submission upload. Recommendation letters included in the upload will not be accepted. Letters must be received by 5:00 PM ET on the deadline date if sent via regular mail, or by 11:59 PM ET on the deadline date if sent via email.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal:

Nomination forms may be submitted via email to the address below. Recommendation letters and school transcripts may be submitted via regular mail or email to:

Pattie Moran
Research to Prevent Blindness
360 Lexington Ave., 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10017-6528
(646) 892-9566

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