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Application, Requirements, and Criteria

SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarships

Requirements and Eligibility

Please note that the 2020 application cycle is now closed. The 2021 application cycle will open in October 2020. The following information pertains to the 2021 cycle.

All applicants must meet the following requirements and eligibility in order for the application to be forwarded to the Committee for consideration.

  • You must be a Student Member of SPIE. The standard Student Membership Fee is $20 (US).
  • Your Membership must be in good standing throughout the review process (February 15 - June 30). Should your Membership expire during the review process, your application will be removed from further consideration.
  • 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
  • You must be enrolled in a program related to the field of optics and photonics.
  • You must be in school for the full academic year beginning Fall 2021 (between Aug 2021 and July 2022)
  • Two (2) recommendations are required. Family members, relatives, and students are not eligible to submit a recommendation. NOTE: Recommendations must be received before you can submit your application.
  • If applicable, your Annual Scholarship Report(s) must be on file with SPIE if you received a scholarship(s) in previous years. Please contact scholarships@spie.org to confirm that your report is on file (if applicable).
  • If awarded an Education Scholarship, funds must be used for the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • The funds from the education scholarship cannot be used for outreach activities, travel to meetings that are not organized by SPIE, lab equipment/supplies. If inappropriate activities are listed in the application, it will be removed from further consideration.
  • Students are eligible to receive one (1) Education Scholarship for each academic level including high school, community and technical, undergraduate, Masters and PhD.
  • Preference may be given to those who have not received any previous awards from SPIE.
  • Applicants who have received a terminal degree (MD, JD, PhD, etc.) are not eligible to apply.
  • Incomplete applications will not be submitted for consideration.

All applicants will be notified via email of the results of their application in May.

Before applying, please make sure you have your SPIE login credentials to access the application. If you have forgotten your account information, please open this link and click "Forgot Username" and/or "Forgot Password" or contact scholarships@spie.org should you have any questions.

Deadline: 15 February

The Optics and Photonics Education Scholarships are available to students located anywhere in the world, in high school (pre-university/secondary), community and technical, undergraduate and graduate programs, who are studying in a related field of optics and photonics.

The Education Scholarship award amounts range from $3,000 to $11,000 and typically support tuition, books, research activities, and other education-related expenses.

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), community and technical, undergraduate, and graduate students will be judged relative to other applicants with similar educational backgrounds.

Thank you,

The SPIE Scholarship Committee Team