Fellow Lecturer Program

OSA Fellow Lecturer Program

The OSA Fellow Lecturer Program has been sending Fellows to developing nations to help foster optics programs for over a decade.

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. View a list of eligible nations.

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).

Applications will be evaluated 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).

Application Deadlines:

5 February

5 June

5 September

Note - funding decisions are typically sent two weeks after the application deadline.

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 a letter of support from your local host(s). Minimum of 1 letter is required.*



Please indicate if you would be interested in giving a talk on how to publish a paper/manuscript. :