Fellowship Fund: Now Reviewing

Competition for fellowship and research bursary has now closed and review process is ongoing. Winners will be announced at our COS meeting in June.

OBJECTIVE:

The mission of the Retina Foundation of Canada is to cure retina disease and preserve vision.

The goal of this newly established fellowship prize is to facilitate the development of Canadian retina specialists in order to increase accessibility to care for the Canadian public. Download the application: 2013 Retina Canada Fellowship Application (right click to save to your computer)

ELIGIBILITY:

Applicants must register to an accredited retina fellowship training programme leading to the completion and acquisition of a fellowship diploma/certificate.

Applicant must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Applicants must be in their final year, or have completed, an accredited ophthalmology residency training programme.

Research Requirements:

  • The successful applicant must participate in research activities during the period of their fellowship training.
  • This should be validated by confirmation of conference presentations and/or journal publications/submissions.
  • The candidate will be expected to present their research project at the following year’s Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) annual meeting.

 

SELECTION:

The Medical Advisory Committee of the Retina Foundation of Canada will review all eligible applications and will select the final candidate based on overall merit.

The criteria for selection will include a demonstration of both academic and clinical excellence during the course of their residency training.   Active participation in research activities during the course of the applicant’s residency training is also viewed positively.

Applicants who will be returning to a secured position in a Canadian academic or non-academic retina practice will be preferentially reviewed. (letter of proof required)

 

FUNDING:

One fellowship will be funded for a period of one year with the eligibility of funding for a second year.

Applicants are eligible to apply for a second year of funding on a competitive basis with all other applicants within the same year.  Consideration for a second year of funding will be based on the applicant’s progress in year one of their fellowship, with respect to clinical performance and research activity.  This will be reviewed and decided at the discretion of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Retina Foundation of Canada.

VALUE:

$45,000 per year of study.  (Please see above for eligibility of a second year of funding)

Any additional sources of funding available to the applicant will be deducted from the total of the scholarship.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Letter of Introduction
    • Attach a brief letter (one page maximum) detailing the proposed fellowship training and the benefits that you hope to gain from this training.  Please elaborate on future career plans and goals and how they will benefit the retina care of the Canadian public.
    • Completion of application form (available online at …)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Two supporting letters
    • Letter of support from the applicant’s residency programme director detailing academic and clinical performance during the course of the training eg. CanMEDS evaluations, OKAP scores and rankings
    • If the candidate is returning to a secured, academic or non-academic, position at a retina practice then a letter of proof from the respective institution is required.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

April 1, 2013

 

APPLICATION SUBMISSION:

Please send all application forms and supporting documentation by email to:

Dr. John Galic
Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, Retina Foundation of Canada
Email:  john.galic@retinacanada.com