Awards Grants Fellowships

Awards, Grants, Scholarships and Fellowships

OSA and The OSA Foundation recognize student excellence through competitions, travel grants and other programs.

Awards & Competitions

Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition
Recognizes innovation, research excellence and presentation abilities in optical communications during OFC/NFOEC.

Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition
Recognizes top presenters in each submission category at FiO.

Maiman Student Paper Competition
Awarded during CLEO/QELS and CLEO/IQEC for innovation, research and presentation excellence in the areas of laser technology and electro-optics.

Competitions at Peer Society Meetings – OSA provides funding support for student paper competitions held by the Australian Optical Society and the Optical Society of Korea.


Incubic/Milton Chang Travel Grant
Provides travel grants to students who present papers at CLEO and the Frontiers in Optics/OSA Annual Meeting.

Jean Bennett Memorial Student Travel Grant
Recognizes research excellence at FiO.

OSA Foundation Student Travel Grants
Awarded to students in developing nations interested in attending Frontiers in Optics, OSA's Annual Meeting or an OSA-managed topical meeting.

Student Chapter Activity Grants
Provides funding for special events and professional development activities such as technical meetings or networking events.

Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Student Travel Grant
Provides travel support for students researching optical engineering, lens design and/or illumination design. Grants are available for the International Optical Design Conference, FiO and selected OSA Topical Meetings.

Scholarships & Fellowships

Paul Anthony Bonenfant Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2011 this scholarship will enable undergraduate students enrolled in engineering and/or physical science programs to attend semester-abroad programs offered through their college/university.

Harvey M. Pollicove Memorial Scholarship
Presented annually to a student pursuing a degree in the field of precision optics manufacturing.

Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowships
Fellows spend one year working in Washington, D.C. as special legislative assistants on the staff of a Member of Congress or Congressional committee.

OSA Foundation