OSA Fellow Travel Grants
Individual travel grants of up to $2,000 are available for OSA Fellows to visit and lecture in developing nations. The goal of the program is to foster optics programs in developing countries by increasing interaction between OSA Fellows and the optics communities in these areas. Generally, these grants will not be awarded simply to support international conference attendance. The grant is meant to defray your travel costs, whereas additional costs should be covered by your host country.
It is hoped that visits will lead to closer collaboration between the lecturer and the scientists of the developing destination. Letters from your potential hosts should be submitted with your application if possible. If there is an OSA Student Chapter or Local Section near your destination, you may be asked to schedule a visit.
Successful applicants will be asked to serve as an "ambassador" from OSA. Upon returning, the applicant will be asked to complete a trip report detailing the state of science in the visited region (active programs, schools, labs, etc.). You may be asked to draft a short article on your trip and experiences for OPN or the Member Newsletter.
See a list of eligible countries
The next deadline for applications is 20 January 2014, with a review in February 2014. Interested Fellow Members are encouraged to submit applications at least six months in advance of the trip. Applications are usually reviewed at meetings of the International Council, however, compelling applications may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis before this deadline.
Fellow Travel Grant Application
Download the grant application and send the completed application by email or postal service.