ARVO Eye Researcher Travel Fellowship Program for Researchers from Developing Countries, 2019


The Developing Country Eye Researcher Travel Fellowship (DCERF) program brings aspiring scientists from developing nations to the The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology(ARVO) Annual Meeting. The goal of the program is to provide young researchers with access to the latest in vision science while offering the opportunity to network with colleagues, mentors and thought leaders to develop an effective vision research program in their home countries.

About ARVO
The ARVO Foundation for Eye Research, established in 2001, funds novel research, education and outreach initiatives of ARVO. Our mission is to serve as a global catalyst for innovation, workforce development and collaboration in the field of vision research.

We raise funds through corporate grants, fundraising events and the generosity of ARVO members who are eager to support the next generation of eye and vision researchers.



1. Airfare and hotel accommodations
2. Per diem
3. Annual Meeting registration
4. One year of ARVO membership
5. Support of an Annual Meeting mentor and the DCERF alumni community

*Up to the maximum $4,500 per award



  • Must be a citizen of a developing country as defined by the most recent World Bank income classifications; low, lower-middle and upper-middle income economies qualify

    Please note that applicants from Argentina, Croatia and Panama are no longer eligible to apply following changes to the income classifications that took effect on July 1, 2018

  • Must have either an MD or PhD or equivalent professional degree

    *Graduate students in scientific areas with an interest in entering basic vision research or residents in ophthalmology who are interested in academic careers as clinician-scientists are also eligible.

  • Must have a desire to pursue a career in teaching and research in vision and ophthalmology, whether clinical or basic, in their home countries
  • Cannot be studying or training outside of his/her home country at the time of his/her recommendation for the award; the candidate must be established in his/her home country and currently employed or practicing in a field related to eye and vision research

    Field of Interest
    Can be interested in any area of eye and vision research, whether basic or clinical research, epidemiology, public health, infectious diseases, genetics or a particular subspecialty

    Level of Research Expertise

    The goal of the DCERF program is to strengthen the research capacity of recipients’ countries by bringing back information from the Annual Meeting.

  • For candidates from countries with developed research infrastructure:

    *Must be in a position to share the knowledge gained at the meetings with colleagues upon return including potential funding opportunities, links to collaborators and instructors, and to share the latest information on good research practices

  • For candidates from countries without sophisticated research programs in place:

    *Must be in a position to help establish and acquire the basic elements necessary for initiating understanding of carrying out research protocols, preparation of abstracts, and production of manuscripts

    ARVO Members/Non-members
    ARVO Members and non-members are eligible. The candidate is not required to submit an abstract to the ARVO Annual Meeting, though it is encouraged for the experience.

    Prior ARVO Annual Meeting Attendance
    The candidate may not have attended an ARVO Annual Meeting in the past.

    Language Skills
    The candidate should have a sufficient command of English in order to participate in the scientific program.

    The Developing Country Eye Researcher Travel Fellowship recipients are selected by the ARVO Foundation based on the established guidelines.

    December 1, 2018

    Application Process

    Candidates must complete a brief online application to collect their contact information, a personal statement, research interests, one letter of support and CV no later than December 1.

    Candidates must be nominated with one letter of support by any of the following:

    1. A national society or research institute
    2. A member of the International Chapter Affiliates Program
    3. An ARVO member
    4. A DCERF supporter (sponsor)
    5. Local/regional conference selection or awardees (the awarding entity must provide the letter of support)
    6. Using the letter of support and the online application, the ARVO Foundation will select DCERF recipients based on their qualifications and the available funding. Winners will be notified by the end of January.

    Visit the website of ARVO to read more.

    To apply, click here


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