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SPIE-Hillenkamp Fellowship

SPIE-Franz Hillenkamp Postdoctoral Fellowship

The SPIE-Franz Hillenkamp Fellowship provides an annual award of US$75,000 to translate new biomedical optics and biophotonics technologies to clinical practice for improving human health.

The application period for the 2019 fellowship is closed.

The call for applications for the 2020 fellowship will open summer 2019.

Franz Hillenkamp

The fellowship honors Hillenkamp's distinguished career as a researcher, teacher, and mentor who had an enormous international impact. A German scientist, he introduced the first medical laser applications laboratory and marked the genesis of translational research in biomedical optics in Europe in the 1970s.

SPIE has partnered with four international biomedical optics laboratories and the Hillenkamp family to establish the fellowship.

Applying for the Fellowship

Young investigators with a PhD, MD, equivalent degree, or who are soon to receive their doctoral degree are eligible to apply. There are no restrictions on geographical location; however, applicants and hosting labs must propose original research in biomedical optics that is expected to lead to new diagnostics and/or therapeutics in medicine and biology. The annual award of US$75,000 will support the interdisciplinary problem-driven research and training opportunities.

The applications for the SPIE-Franz Hillenkamp Postdoctoral Fellowship are composed of three distinct elements:

The hosting labs that SPIE partners with are:

  • The Wellman Center for Photomedicine

  • The Manstein Lab in the Cutaneous Biology Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Medical Laser Center Lübeck

  • The Beckman Laser Institute at the University of California in Irvine

2018 Recipient Haley Marks

SPIE Member Dr. Haley Marks, a postdoctoral researcher at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, is the recipient of the inaugural SPIE-Franz Hillenkamp Postdoctoral Fellowship. Read the SPIE press release to learn more.

Haley Marks
Jan Philip Kolb

To demonstrate the importance of this novel type of fellowship combining research and translational sciences, the committee, with additional support from Thorlabs and Blossom Innovations, awarded a second fellowship to Jan Philip Kolb of the Medical Laser Center Lübeck.

Read more about Dr. Marks and Mr. Kolb, their work, and the award ceremony at Photonics West 2018.