International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO)

International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO)

ICO-Retina Research Foundation Helmerich One-Year Fellowships

25,000 $

application deadline

ICO-Retina Research Foundation Helmerich Fellowships provide support for one year of training in any subspecialty to young ophthalmologists from developing countries who are committed to enhancing ophthalmic education and improving patient care in their home countries.

  • Award: US$ 25,000 to help cover living expenses and return travel.
  • Application deadline: 30 September, with applicants notified in January after.
  • Two ICO-Retina Research Founcation One-Year Helmerich Fellowships are awarded each year to commence within 15 months after award notification.
  • Open for training in any subspecialty.


  • Applicant must reside in a low-resource country.
  • Applicant must be under 40 years of age at the time of applying.
  • Applicants are permanently based and work in a low-resource country.
  • He or she must be a graduate of an ophthalmology residency training program.
  • Specialist exam in ophthalmology must be successfully passed.
  • Applicant must be recommended by the ophthalmology head of a teaching institution or public service hospital in a low-resource country.
  • He or she must be accepted for ophthalmology subspecialty fellowship, one year in duration, at an advanced ophthalmology training center.
  • Applicant must be reasonably fluent in the language of the fellowship training center.
  • He or she must be commited to return to a position at a teaching institute or public service hospital in the fellow´s home country.
  • The ICO recommends that candidates pass one or more ICO Exams. We consider this in the assessment of applications.
  • Applicants from countries with ophthalmologic societies that are Members of the ICO will receive special consideration.

How to apply:

  • The application deadline is 30 September of each year.
  • View the online application
  • Applicants may reapply if their previous application was rejected. Note that the ICO Fellowship Committee will assume the applicants qualifications have significantly improved since last applying.
  • Questions? Please review Frequently Asked Questions before contacting the ICO Fellowship Office at: