FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How much support is provided by the new Robert Machemer MD and International Retinal Research Foundation Fellowship?   $100,000 for one year

What does the scholarship support?

The scholarship provides support for one year of early career research development at a not-for-profit institution. The goal is to support the transition of a vitreoretinal surgical fellow to pursue independent research to improve knowledge of the causes and treatment of vitreoretinal diseases. The institution and trainee would need to assure that more than 15% of effort would be protected for the research activity.

Who is eligible?

Eligible applicants are senior vitreoretinal surgical fellows. If the fellow receives the award, the funds are given to a not-for-profit institution within the United States supporting the transition into faculty research to improve knowledge of the causes and treatment of vitreoretinal diseases. There is no restriction as to nationality of the designated trainee.

How are scholarships selected? 

Applications are reviewed by the Scholarship Committee and ranked based on the potential of the applicant, the quality and feasibility of research, and the mentoring plan. Scholarships are selected based on the applicant's clear commitment to applying research to the challenges of vitreoretinal diseases and surgery and demonstration of potential to pursue a program of research training, and on the mentor and plan for quality mentoring that will enable the transition to a strong program of independent research into the causes and treatment of vitreoretinal diseases.