Graduate Student Fellowship Program

The IEEE Photonics Society established the Graduate Student Fellowship Program to provide Graduate Fellowships to outstanding Society student members pursuing graduate education within the Society field of interest (electro-optics, lasers, photonics, optics, or closely related fields). Up to ten Fellowships will be awarded, based on the student membership in each of the main geographical regions:

Americas - Regions 1-7 & 9

Europe/Mid-East/Africa -  Region 8

Asia/Pacific - Region 10

Prize: Up to ten Fellowships of $1,000 each will be awarded every year.

Eligibility: Fellowship applicants must be an active IEEE Photonics Society student member pursuing a graduate education within the Society 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 by 30 May would normally be expected to defend their thesis during the following calendar year).

Schedule: In a given year, applications will be received via the on-line awards platform by 30 May.  Recipients will be notified by 30 July of the same year. The Fellowships will be presented annually at the IEEE Photonics Conference.

Award Committee: The Society Membership Council will select the Fellowship recipients.

Fellowship Application Package Requirements:

  • Applicants contact information to include name, address, email, IEEE member number, effective date of Society membership, expected date of submission of the thesis, and a listing of any activities related to the Photonics Society, along with the names and contact information of two references.
  • A one-page CV, including all degrees received and dates.
  • One copy of educational transcripts.
  • A 300-word statement of purpose describing the student’s research project and interests. The statement is to include the background to the project, what the student has achieved so far and how the research will be continued and developed by the student over the rest of the project
  • A list of the student's publications with the most significant paper indicated and a 100-word description of the significance of the paper.
  • Two reference letters from individuals familiar with the student's research and educational credentials.
  • Note that additional information and submissions over the specified word count will not be forwarded to the evaluating committee.

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