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The IOFF Fellowships Program invites young Ophthalmologists from low-resource or underserved countries to apply for an IOFF-Subspecialty Fellowship. Fellows are expected to bring their acquired knowledge and skills back to their native countries and participate in programs to preserve vision and prevent blindness.

It is the generous participation of many training centers around the world, who are responsible for the success of the IOFF-Subspecialty Fellowship Program. All centers agree not to charge any fees for providing IOFF-Subspecialty Fellows with excellent scientific and clinical training. IOFF Subspecialty Fellowship Hosts try to assure a positive experience for the fellow, both inside and outside of the hospital. The IOFF Subspecialty Fellowship Office and hosts keep in close contact during the fellowship period in order to take best care of the individual. After the fellowship, both fellows and hosts report to the IOFF- Subspecialty Fellowship Office, which guarantees a continuous evaluation of the IOFF-Subspecialty Fellowship Program. Moreover, fellows are asked to keep on reporting to the Fellowship Office upon return to their countries of origin, which allows a long-term assessment of the fellowship achievements. These reports verify the sustainability, the usefulness and efficiency of the IOFF-Subspecialty Fellowship Program.

IOFF-Subspecialty Fellowships are offered in Cataract Surgery, Community Eye Health, Cornea and External Diseases, Glaucoma, Low Vision and Rehabilitation, Medical Retina, Microbiology/Ocular Pathology/Ocular Oncology, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Ocular Oncology, Oculoplastic, Ophthalmo-Genetic, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Retinoblastoma, ROP and Pediatric Retina, Uveitis and Vitreoretina.

The IOFF-Subspecialty Fellowships do not support training in Refractive Surgery or Aesthetic Surgery.

IOFF-Subspecialty Fellowships are available with three-months duration and with one-year duration.

The relevance of the planned training to the candidate’s home institution and country receives particular attention in the assessment, as well as the ICO Exams which are highly recommended.

From the very beginning, pharmaceutical companies and organizations such as Ursapharm, Santen, Carl Zeiss Meditec, CBM, DOG, Dr. Rolf M. Schwiete Foundation as well as anonymous private benefactors have donated considerable amounts on a regular basis and have enhanced the possibilities of the IOFF-Subspecialty Fellowship Program tremendously.

Opportunities:

IOFF-Three Month Subspecialty Fellowships

The IOFF-Three Month Subspeciality Fellowships Program invites young ophthalmologists from low-resource or underserved countries to apply for an IOFF-Three Month Subspecialty Fellowship award. Fellows are expected to bring their acquired knowledge and skills back to their native countries and participate in programs to preserve vision and prevent blindness.

Candidates can apply for funds, max. US$ 6000 resp. 5000 EURO, which helps cover expenses for return travel and student-style living expenses in the host city.

Eligible candidates
* come from a low-resource or underserved country and permanently live and work there
* are under 40 years of age at the time of submitting their application file
* have completed their residency training and have passed their Specialist in Ophthalmology degree
* come with support from their previous chair and their present chair and
* are committed to resume their position after the training.
ICO Exams are recommended, yet not mandatory.

Female Ophthalmologists are strongly encouraged to apply.

IOFF-RRF Helmerich Fellowship Program

IOFF-RRF Helmerich International Fellowships are awarded to 2 young ophthalmologists each year from low-resource and underserved countries who are dedicated to deepening the quality of ophthalmic education and patient care in their home countries. IOFF-RRF Helmerich Fellows are required to commit to returning to their home country after their fellowship and taking a position at a teaching institution or public service hospital to share their knowledge.

The IOFF-RRF Helmerich Fellowship award includes a grant of US$ 30.000 which helps cover expenses for return travel and student-style living in the host city.

Eligible candidates
* come from a low-resource or underserved country and permanently live and work there
* are under 40 years of age at the time of submitting their application file
* have completed their residency training
* have passed their Specialist in Ophthalmology degree
* come with support from their previous chair and their present chair and
* are committed to return to their homecountry to work on a teaching or public services position.
ICO Exams are recommended, yet not mandatory.

Female Ophthalmologists are strongly encouraged to apply.

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