Tfos Fellowhip Awards

Purpose: To present work (poster or oral presentation) and also to learn about a new scientific area at a small international meeting of the caliber of a Gordon Conference or Keystone Symposium.


Travel Fellowship Award: Each award will be $1,500 (USD). There will be a limit of 6 total awards per calendar year.


Who can apply: Graduate students in good standing, who have either passed their preliminary examinations or are beyond their 3rd year; Postdoctoral fellows (Ph.D., M.D., O.D). Additionally, the researcher must be a TFOS member and involved in a primary research activity related to the tear film and ocular surface. The meeting may be on any topic that would enrich the student or fellow's research, whether or not it is directly related to the eye. An applicant is only eligible for one travel fellowship per year. If an applicant has applied to another source for funding and has been successful in both cases, the applicant must choose between the fellowships. If successful, the written acceptance of the offer of a fellowship must be accompanied by a declaration by the supervisor or other relevant senior person in the applicant's organization that the applicant is not receiving a travel fellowship from another source.


When to apply: Applications will be accepted quarterly. Please send applications to Rose Sullivan by January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1. Applicants will be notified of the success of their application by the 15th of the month of the deadline.


Application format: The applicant should send 1) a CV; 2) the submitted abstract; 3) a brief (1-2 page) statement discussing the importance of this meeting to their research activities and 4) a letter of support from the supervisor. The applicant does not have to have an accepted abstract at the time of consideration, but proof of acceptance must be provided before travel awards are granted.



Rose Reins, University of Houston College of Optometry , Role for Vitamin D3 in Antimicrobial Peptide Production and Inflammation at the Ocular Surface 




Payal Khandelwal, Schepens Eye Research Institute and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA, Androgen regulation of human corneal, conjunctival and meibomian gland epithelial cells (Gordon Conference on "Hormone Action in Development and Cancer")

Maria Edman, USC School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences,  Changes in the tear fluid protein profiles in mice lacking either Rab3D or polymeric Immunoglobulin Receptor ( Gordon Conference on "Salivary and Exocrine Gland Secretion" )

 Shintaro Nakao, MD, PhD,   Department of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School,  Strain-Dependence of Growth Factor-Induced Corneal Lymphangiogenesis ( Keystone Conference on "Angiogenesis and Lymphangiogenesis in Cancer")





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