OSA Student Grant Opportunities
Posted on 30 August 2009
  • Incubic/Milton Chang Student Travel Grants
    This program provides 20 grants of up to $1000 each to assist students with their travel expenses when they present papers during Frontiers in Optics/OSA Annual Meeting and the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO).
  • OSA - New Focus/Bookham Student Award
    The OSA - New Focus/Bookham Student Award was established in 1997 to encourage research excellence, presentation prowess, and leadership in the optics community among OSA Student Members. The program usually holds its oral competition at the CLEO/QELS conference. Seven finalists are selected from the first round of applications. The finalists are judged on their reference letters and presentation skills. Six of the seven finalists receive a $1,500 cash prize each and the top finalist receive $5,000. Students do not need to be CLEO/QELS authors to be considered.
  • OSA Foundation Student Travel Grants
    The OSA Foundation is pleased to offer travel grants to students from qualifying developing nations who plan to attend an OSA-sponsored topical meeting or Frontiers in Optics, OSA's Annual Meeting. Travel grants will average $1,000 US per award plus a one-year student membership to OSA (if applicable).

Non-OSA student grant opportunities
  • IEEE LEOS Graduate Student Fellowship Program
    The IEEE Lasers & Electro-Optics Society established the Graduate Student Fellowship Program to provide Graduate Fellowships to outstanding LEOS student members pursuing graduate education within the LEOS field of interest (electro-optics, lasers, photonics, optics, or closely related fields).
    Prize: Up to twelve Fellowships of $5,000 each will be awarded every year. A travel grant of up to $2,500 towards travel and lodging expenses plus a complimentary conference registration, will be available to each Fellowship recipient to attend the LEOS Annual Meeting for the award presentation.
    Eligibility: Fellowship applicants must be an IEEE LEOS student member pursuing a graduate education within the LEOS field of interest. Students should normally be in their penultimate year of study at the time of application and be planning to submit their thesis on a timescale of 6 to 18 months after the application is submitted (i.e. those applying in May 2006 would normally expect to defend their thesis during 2007).
  • LEOS Student Travel Grants
    LEOS has established a Travel Grants program to encourage student participation in LEOS sponsored conferences and other activities. The program provides 16 grants annually of up to $2500 each to enable students who present papers to travel to the LEOS Annual Meeting, OFC (Optical Fiber Communication Conference), CLEO (Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics), CLEO/Pacific Rim, CLEO/Europe, OECC (Optoelectronics and Communications Conference) and ECOC (European Conference on Optical Communication).
    A recipient should be a full time degree-seeking student, sponsored by a LEOS member, who is the first author and presenter of the paper. Preference will be given to LEOS student members. The recipients will each receive a minimum of $500 and up to $2500 towards travel and lodging expenses to the conference location and a complementary conference registration.
  • SPIE Student Scholarships
    All scholarship applications will be judged on their own merit based on the experience and education level of the individual student. High school (pre-university/secondary) and 1st/2nd year college undergraduate students are encouraged to apply and will be judged relative to other applicants with similar educational backgrounds.
    Application Requirements: Undergraduate and graduate students must be an SPIE Student Member or submit an Application for Student Membership including dues payment with the Scholarship Application. High School (pre-university/pre-college/secondary) students will receive a one-year complimentary (free) Student Membership. Undergraduate and graduate students must be enrolled full- time in an optics, photonics, imaging, optoelectronics program or related discipline (please refer to table on application form) at an educational institution for the full year beginning Fall 2007. This requirement does not apply to high school students.
  • SPIE - D.J. Lovell Scholarship
    The D.J. Lovell Scholarship is the Society's most prestigious scholarship. This scholarship is sponsored by SPIE with contributions from Labsphere, Inc.
  • SPIE - Laser Technology, Engineering and Applications Scholarship
    This scholarship is awarded in recognition of the student's scholarly achievement in Laser Technology, Engineering, or Applications. Funds are provided in part by a gift from the former Forum for Military Applications of Directed Energy, and in part by SPIE.
  • SPIE - William H. Price Scholarship
    The William H. Price Scholarship was established in 1985 to honor Bill Price, a well-respected member of SPIE's technical community. This scholarship is awarded to a full-time graduate or undergraduate student in the field of optical design and engineering.
  • SPIE - BACUS Scholarship
    The BACUS Scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in the field of microlithography with an emphasis on optical tooling and/or semiconductor manufacturing technologies. This scholarship is sponsored by BACUS, SPIE's Photomask International Technical Group.
  • SPIE - Student Travel Contingency Grants
    SPIE offers a small number of student travel contingency grants to qualifying and selected students who need a supplement to their travel support to present an accepted paper at any of SPIE's meetings.
  • SPIE - Newport Spectra-Physics Research Excellence Awards
    The Newport Spectra-Physics Research Excellence Travel Awards Program provides funding for university students to attend the two largest meetings of SPIE—The International Society for Optical Engineering, where they will present their research. Submitting an application to the Travel Contingency Grant automatically allows your application to be considered for the Newport Spectra-Physics Award. These awards will be given annually by SPIE.
    Recognizing the contribution of international students to the growing optics and photonics industry, Newport Spectra-Physics has increased its funding of the Research Excellence Award to now fund international students as well as US students to attend the major SPIE meetings. The grant is open to anyone who has an accepted paper for presentation at the SPIE Optics & Photonics Symposium or Photonics West. Recipients will be selected based on both the quality of the original research described in the submitted paper(s) and financial need.