Research Training Programs

National Eye Institute Pre-doctoral (T-35) Summer Research Fellowship Program

The Graduate Center for Vision Research at the SUNY College of Optometry runs a summer research program supported by the National Eye Institute. The program is designed to help avoid a future shortage of clinician-investigators by attracting health professional students into clinical and health-related research as a career.  Optometry students who participate in the program receive an NEI (T-35) Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship stipend of $4,775 for a full-time, ten week, summer commitment (June 1 to August 7, 2015), and up to $875 for research-related expenses.  Students will be paid twice, in early July and then at the end of the 10-week period.  Thus, all students should be prepared to cover their own expenses early on.

We have 8 trainee fellowship slots that are open to students who have just completed their first or second years in any U.S. optometry program.  U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required.  Students from underrepresented ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

Requirements for SUNY Optometry’s NEI (T-35) Summer Research Fellowship Program an Applicant include:

  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency
  • Completion of  the 1st or 2nd Year in any U.S. Optometry Program
  • Submission of OAT Scores
  • Submission of Two Letters of Recommendation (Sent directly by the Recommenders by email or regular mail)
  • Submission of Official Transcripts of all Undergraduate and Optometry grades (including Fall 2014 Semester Grades)

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is March 16, 2015.  Acceptance announcements will be made on or about April 1, 2015.  To apply, please use the link below to submit the on-line application form.

For more information and an application form, please click here.