Fellow Lecturer Program

OSA Fellow Lecturer Program Grants

The goal of this program is to foster optics and photonics in developing nations by increasing interaction between OSA and the optics communities in these areas.

OSA’s International Council awards approximately six (6) grants each year to OSA Fellows visiting and lecturing in developing nations. View a list of eligible nations.

Grants typically range from $1,000 - $2,000 USD and are intended to help defray travel costs. It is expected that the host organization(s) will cover local expenses.

Applicants are encouraged to include a wide range of activities in their itineraries. Generally, these grants will not be awarded to support international conference attendance. Letters from host organizations should be submitted with your application.

Successful applicants will be asked to serve as “OSA Ambassadors" during their trip. A trip report must be submitted within 30 days of an approved visit (a report template will be provided).  Fellows may also be asked to submit a short article for Optics and Photonics News (OPN). 

The International Council will evaluate applications based on several factors including: the value to OSA, alignment with OSA’s strategic goals, value to local community, trip duration and similarity to recent trips (view a list of recent Fellow Lecturer Trips). Currently, priority is given to trips to Brazil, China, India, Russia, and South Africa.

Upcoming Application Deadlines

Winter Review Deadline: Closed

Spring Review Deadline: 1 June 2015 - One grant available. Note - grants for 2015 have been approved for Brazil, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Romania and Ukraine.
Decisions will be made in July 2015

Applying for a Fellow Lecturer Grant

Please use the form below to submit your application. Questions should be sent to fellowtravel@osa.org.

Section 1 - Applicant Information


Section 2 - Trip Information



Please indicate which of the following activities are planned during your trip:

Talks/Lectures (not including conference presentations)
Please list the talk title(s), location(s), intended audience(s) and anticipated number of attendees:

Conference Attendance/Presentations
Please list conference name, type and title of presentation:

Meetings with Students and/or Student Chapter Visits
Please list the Universities and Chapter you plan to visit:

Academic Related Visits
Please list universities, contacts, locations and purpose of your visit:

Corporate/Industry Related Visits
Please list names, contacts, locations and purpose of your visit:

Please provide up to three letters of support from your local host(s)


OSA has several presentations available for use by OSA Fellows. Please indicate if you would be interested in giving any of the following presentations during your trip:


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