ICO Three-Month Fellowships in Ophthalmology for Developing Countries, 2013/14

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The International Council of Ophthalmology is offering approximately 60 fellowships in ophthalmology. These three-month fellowships provide young ophthalmologists from developing countries training in several subspecialties in ophthalmology. The fellowships will include S$6000 (maximum) to cover travel and living expenses. The application deadline is March 31 and September 30 each year.

Study Subject(s): The ICO Three-Month Fellowship offers training in the following subspecialties: General Ophthalmology, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Uveitis, Glaucoma, Cornea & External Diseases, (no Refractive Surgery), Medical Retina, Vitreo-Retinal Surgery, Oculoplastics, Cataract Surgery, Ocular Oncology, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Ocular Pathology and Community Eye Health.
Course Level: These fellowships provide young ophthalmologists with exposure to and training in several subspecialties in ophthalmology.
Scholarship Provider: International Council of Ophthalmology
Scholarship can be taken at: Turkey, Italy, Spain, Austria, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany, United States and Australia

Eligibility:
-Residency training must be completed before applying for the fellowship.
-Specialist exam in ophthalmology must be successfully passed.
-Applicant must be under 40 years of age at the time of applying.
-Applicant must return to home country after the training, resume previous positions, and apply the knowledge gained during the fellowship.
-Applicant must be reasonably fluent in the language of the fellowship training center.
-Applicants who have passed the ICO Basic Science, the ICO Clinical Sciences, or the ICO Advanced Examinations for Ophthalmologists (www.icoexams.org) will receive special consideration.
-Applicants from countries with ophthalmologic societies that are Members of the ICO will receive special consideration.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Citizens of developing countries (Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African, Republic Chad, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, The Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea?Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, India, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico,  Federated States of Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint- Vincent and the Grenadines, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor?Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe) can apply for these fellowships.

Scholarship Description: The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Fellowships Program was organized to help promising young ophthalmologists from developing countries improve their practical skills and broaden their perspectives of ophthalmology.  Fellows are expected to bring the acquired knowledge and skills back to their home countries and take part in programs to preserve vision and prevent blindness. The ICO Three-Month Fellowships help promising young ophthalmologists from developing countries improve their practical skills and broaden their perspectives of ophthalmology. Fellows are expected to bring the acquired knowledge and skills back to their home country and take part in programs to preserve and restore vision.

Number of award(s): Approximately 60 three-month fellowships are awarded each year.

Duration of award(s): Fellowships are awarded for three months.

What does it cover? The fellowships will include S$6000 (maximum) to cover travel and living expenses for three months. The exact amount is subject to actual student-style living expenses in the host country.

Notification: For applications submitted by the March 31 deadline, the fellowship is awarded and notices are sent out in July. For applications submitted by the September 30 deadline, the fellowship is awarded and notices sent out in January.

How to Apply: The mode of applying is online.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is March 31 and September 30 each year.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application

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