2022 Young Eye Surgeon International Service Grant Application
The Young Eye Surgeon International Service Grant was created to inspire and equip young eye surgeons to become involved with global eyecare on a long-term basis. The grant affords the opportunity to participate in advancing ophthalmology in developing countries. Working with the ASCRS Foundation and its global partners, recipients will develop a customized plan that provides the opportunity to learn the intricacies behind global eyecare efforts and to participate first-hand. Click here to learn more about our 2020 and 2021 Grantees.
Application Details and Eligibility:
- The application period is August 24, 2021-October 15, 2021 (closing at 5pm Eastern). Applications must be submitted via the online application form below. Late applications will not be considered.
- The application is open to ASCRS members who are third-year residents, fellows or members in their first five years of practice.
- A copy of your resume or CV and letter of recommendation is required to be uploaded with your application. The letter of recommendation should address both your clinical and surgical skills, along with your character. Letters should be no more than one page in length.
- Applicants will be notified of their status in early 2022.
2022 Grant Details and Obligations:
- Given current global pandemic and the associated restrictions on travel, the grant will provide up to $5,000 in funding for grantees to initiate a global service or learning project during 2022 from home. These funds will also cover travel to the project site when it is safe and feasible - most likely before December 2023.
- The application offers an opportunity for you to describe your educational goals and/or specific project and whether you have a partner, location or eye care institution in mind. Committee members will help grantees refine their proposal with one of our INGO facilitators including Orbis, Seva Foundation, Himalayan Cataract Project, Global Sight Alliance, the Fred Hollows Foundation and others.
- Here are some suggestions for virtual projects/learning opportunities:
- Develop/implement regional training programs for residents, fellows, ophthalmic assistants, nurses, equipment technicians, orthoptists, or other personnel
- Work on clinical research projects with physicians abroad
- Engineer or conduct trials on new instruments or equipment that would be useful in a developing country
- Learn how to design and implement an eye care system in a developing country
- Innovate ways to address equity in training and patient care
- Address sustainability and adaptation to climate change/pandemics in ophthalmology
- ...or your own creative idea
- Grantees will be expected to participate in one to two virtual presentations per year, to attend the April 2022 Annual Meeting to be introduced and network, and to give a report on achievements to date at the 2023 ASCRS Annual Meeting. Grantees will receive complimentary registration to attend the 2022 and 2023 ASCRS Annual Meeting, if they remain ASCRS members in good standing. Sub-specialty day registration or registration for special events is not included.