Driving innovation in the global communication network requires bringing a diverse group of people together to tackle challenges, such as enabling 5G and the Internet-of-Things.
To support gender diversity in the optical communications industry, this scholarship is a merit-based prize recognizing outstanding women studying optical communications and networking. Three scholarships of USD 3,000 each will be distributed annually to supplement tuition, mandatory fees and other expenses. Additionally, winners will receive up to USD 2,000 in travel expenses, housing and registration fees to attend the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC). Recipients will be recognized at the OFC.
How to Apply
Apply when open at apply.optica.org
Opens: 01 November 2021
Closes 01 December 2021
- Be a current member
- Be a woman currently enrolled as a graduate student at a university
- Have a field of study/research focused on one of the following areas: optical components, devices and fiber, networks, applications and access or photonic systems and subsystems
- Demonstrate academic excellence (GPA, publications, references, other awards/merits)
- Program requirements recognize and exclude career breaks from career timelines (eg, eldercare; maternity or paternity leave)
- Essay response: How would attending OFC support your career advancement and goals?
- Personal statement
- GPA certification (unofficial transcript)
2021 Selection Committee
- Elaine Wong, University of Melbourne
- Frank Effenberger, Futurewei
- Lidia Galdino, University College London
- David Plant, McGill University
- Nan Chi, School of Information Science & Technology, Fudan
“This scholarship will support my research and goal of becoming a prominent scientist in the field of optics.”
University of California, Irvine
“To be recognized is an encouragement to pursue my research and expand my knowledge of the field."
Bauman Moscow State Technical University
“This support undoubtedly helps me in my pursuit of learning and encourages me to be more engaged in the international research community that is OFC."
- Shaimaa Azzam, Purdue University, USA (2020)
- Ann Margareth Rosa Brusin, Politecnico di Torino, Italy (2020)
- Fatemeh Ghaedi Vanani, CREOL, USA (2020)
- Tali Septon, Technion, Israel (2019)
- Fatemeh Alishahi, University of Southern California, USA (2019)
- Yun Gao, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (2019)
About the Endowment