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Young Eye Surgeons International Service Grant

About the Grant

The Young Eye Surgeons International Service (YIS) Grant was created to inspire young eye surgeons to become involved with global eye care on a long-term basis. The grant affords the opportunity to participate in health care systems, including teaching institutions and community programs, in developing countries. Working with the ASCRS Foundation and its international partners, recipients get to develop a customized international volunteer plan that provides the opportunity for a young eye surgeon to learn first-hand the intricacies behind global eyecare efforts.

Grant Requirements

  • Maintain active ASCRS membership
  • Present project plans and experience at two ASCRS Annual Meetings
  • Quarterly project status updates
  • Complete international travel within 18 months

Application Deadlines 

The 2024 YIS grant application submissions will be open from August 15 - September 25. Award recipients will be announced in early 2024. If you're interested in applying for this grant, click the link below. For more information regarding this grant, please contact

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The Young Eye Surgeons International Service (YIS) Grant winners

2023 Grantees

Kanika Agarwal, MD

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Sila Bal, MD, MPH

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Julius Oatts, MD

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Nakul Shekhawat, MD, MPH

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Michelle Sun, MD, MPH

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Past Grantees
2021 Young Eye Surgeons International Service Grantees

Ashlie Bernhisel, MD, MSc
Ana Vega Carreiro de Freitas, MD
Simon Fung, MD, MA FRCOphth
Karen Hong, MD, MPhil
Ashiyana Nariani, MD, MPH
Alexander Young, MD

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2020 Young Eye Surgeons International Service Grantees

Keri F. Allen, MD
Priya Mathews, MD
Milad Modabber, MD, M.Sc., FRCSC
Yusra Siddiqui, MD
Erin Sieck, MD

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Ophthalmologist Humanitarians
An ASCRS Foundation Spotlight Video Series

The ASCRS Foundation is pleased to highlight some of the accomplished humanitarians nominated for the Foundation's Chang-Crandall Humanitarian Award. These outstanding leaders have been interviewed by the Foundation's 2020 Young Eye Surgeon International Service Grantees. Watch the first video in the series below or click the playlist icon to view additional content!

Young Eye Surgeons International Service Grant Committee

Barbara C. Erny, MD

Medical Liaison for International Programs

Suzanne Gilbert, PhD, MPH

Cristos Ifantides, MD, MBA

Neda Nikpoor, MD

Grace Sun, MD

Russell Swan, MD

Simon Fung, MD

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