The International Ophthalmological Fellowship Foundation team has a distinguished record of providing impactful fellowships to young ophthalmologists around the world:
3 Month Fellowships
1 Year Fellowships
In partnership with the International Ophthalmological Fellowship Foundation (IOFF e.V.), the Ophthalmology Foundation supports 2 major fellowship programs: the 1 year IOFF-Retina Research Foundation (RRF) Helmerich International Fellowship, and the 3 month IOFF-Subspecialty Fellowship program.
1 Year IOFF-RRF Helmerich International Fellowship
IOFF-RRF Helmerich International Fellowships are awarded to 2 young ophthalmologists each year from low-resource and underserved countries who are dedicated to deepening the quality of ophthalmic education and patient care in their home countries. IOFF-RRF Helmerich Fellows are required to commit to returning to their home country after their fellowship and taking a position at a teaching institution or public service hospital to share their knowledge. The application deadline for the IOFF-RRF Helmerich International Fellowship is 30 September. For more details on requirements for this fellowship and how to apply, contact IOFF e.V. Executive for Fellowships Cordula Gabel-Obermaier.
The IOFF-Subspecialty Fellowships do not support training in refractive surgery or aesthetic surgery.
Detailed information–including how to apply–for the IOFF-Subspecialty Fellowships and the IOFF-RRF Helmerich Fellowship is available on www.ioff.org and through IOFF e.V. Executive for Fellowships Cordula Gabel-Obermaier.
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*Torres-Netto EA, Gabel-Obermaier C, Gabel P, et al Twenty years of International Council of Ophthalmology fellowships: description of the programme and the impact on more than 1100 awardees British Journal of Ophthalmology Published Online First: 29 August 2020. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2020-316484