FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much support is provided by a Robert Machemer Foundation Scholarship? $20,000 for one year
What does the scholarship support? The scholarship provides support for one year of research training at the institution for a clinical retina fellow to pursue scientific, medical and/or surgical research to improve knowledge of the causes and treatment of vitreoretinal diseases. The institution and trainee would need to assure that >15% of working time would be protected for the mentored research activity.
Who is eligible? Eligible applicants are not-for-profit institutions within the United States supporting the training of vitreoretinal fellows in scientific, medical and/or surgical research to improve knowledge of the causes and treatment of vitreoretinal diseases. There is no restriction as to nationality of the designated trainee.
Can an institution submit several applications? Yes. Only one scholarship will be granted to an institution each year.
How are scholarships selected? Applications are reviewed by the Robert Machemer Foundation Scholarship Committee and ranked based on the potential of the trainee, quality and feasibility of research, and the mentoring plan. The Robert Machemer Foundation Board determines the allocation of Machemer Scholarships from available funds. Scholarships are selected based first on the trainee’s clear commitment to applying research to the challenges of vitreoretinal diseases and surgery and a demonstration of potential to pursue a program of research training; and second on the mentor and institutional plan for quality research training that will improve the understanding of the causes and treatment of vitreoretinal diseases.