Beta Sigma Kappa Research Fellowships

American Academy of Optometry Foundation

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Grant amount: US $4,000

Deadline: Aug 1, 2020

Applicant type: Faculty Working Professional

Funding uses: Research

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Canada, United States

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within a few years of receiving their PhD

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About this funder:




BSK was founded in 1925 by a small group of optometrists in Illinois. Beta Sigma Kappa now has student chapters in every school and college of optometry in the United States, with two in Canada, and one in Puerto Rico. The Society supports the formation and activities of student chapters and works with the schools and colleges to develop programs that foster academic excellence. 

The Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK) Research Fellowship program administered by the American Optometric Foundation (AOF) supports new optometric and vision science faculty research and optometric resident research.  The program’s funding is designed to benefit individuals early in their career whose academic curiosity leads them to seek answers to a vast variety of professionally-based questions covering a wide area of vision science, clinical practice, or eye related public health.

Award and Eligibility

One fellowship of $4,000 will be awarded annually.

Funds support research conducted for a period up to one year.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • All optometric related faculty, including adjunct faculty, within 3 years of faculty appointment, optometric residents, and Advanced Practice Fellows at any school or college of optometry, irrespective of membership in BSK, are eligible to apply for a BSK Research Fellowship. 
  • Recipients must submit a final report of their research findings no later than one year post award or the applicant and/or institution become ineligible for funding the subsequent year.
  • Applicants must be a member of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO).

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. Applicants must be a member of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO).


  • The AOF is a non-profit organization; as such our policy is not to cover any indirect costs associated with research grants for any of our programs. This policy applies uniformly to all award recipients.