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Application, Requirements, and Criteria

SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarships

The Optics and Photonics Education Scholarships are available to SPIE student members located anywhere in the world, in high school (pre-university/secondary), undergraduate and graduate programs, who are studying optics, photonics or related fields.

Students are eligible to receive one (1) Education Scholarship for each academic level including high school, undergraduate, Master's and PhD.

Preference may be given to those who have not received any previous awards from SPIE.

The Education Scholarship cannot be used for outreach activities or travel to meetings that are not organized by SPIE.

Students who have obtained a PhD are not eligible to apply.

The Education Scholarship award amounts vary from $2,500 to $11,000.

If awarded the Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship, funds must be used for the 2017-2018 academic year (Aug 2017-Jul 2018).

Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship Application (OPEN)

Deadline: 15 February 2017

Requirements

All Students, both full- and part-time are eligible to apply.

  • You must be a Student Member of SPIE. Standard Student Membership Fee is $20 (US).
  • High school, pre-university, secondary school students will receive a one-year complimentary Student Membership. Fill in the Pre-College Membership Application Form and return to scholarships@spie.org
  • Must be enrolled in an optics or photonics program or related field at an accredited school for the school year beginning Fall 2017
  • Two recommendations are required. Family members/relatives are not eligible to write recommendations.
  • If you have received a scholarship from SPIE previously, you must have an Annual Scholarship Report on file prior to submitting an application. New application must show new activities since prior application.  To confirm that your report is on file, please contact scholarships@spie.org
  • Incomplete applications will not be submitted for consideration.
  • All students will be notified of the results of their application in April/May

Evaluation Criteria

The key criterion in evaluating and ranking applications is the "prospect for long-term contribution that the granting of an award will make to the field of optics, photonics or related field." Need, in and of itself, shall not be considered as a criterion.

All scholarship applications are judged on their own merit, based on the experience and education level of the individual student. High school (pre-university, secondary school), undergraduate, and graduate students will be judged relative to other applicants with similar educational backgrounds.

Thank you,

The SPIE Scholarship Committee Team
scholarships@spie.org