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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Women to Support Career Growth in the Areas of Photonics and Optics

Optica Women Scholars


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/31/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants of $10,000 and in-kind support to USA, Canada, and International post-secondary female students for career development in the areas of photonics or optics. This program is open to women who are enrolled as graduate or undergraduate students. In addition to funding, recipients will have access to a mentor and mentorship platform as well as a one-year Optica Student Membership.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicant Requirements
1. Self-identify as a woman.
2. Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at a university.
3. Undergraduate Student: have a major in optics, physics, chemistry math or engineering and a demonstrated interest in optics and photonics.
4. Masters Student: have a major and/or concentration in optics or photonics demonstrated with your research and coursework.
5. Demonstrate academic potential (GPA, publications, references, other awards/merits).
6. Program requirements recognize and exclude career breaks from timelines (eg, eldercare; maternity or paternity leave).

Pre-Application Information
Application Opens: 13 December 2023
Application Closes: 31 January 2024

About Optica Membership:


Number of Grants
20 Optica Women Scholars are selected annually.

Estimated Size of Grant
Program Prize:
- US $10,000
- One-year Optica Student Membership
- Access to mentorship platform and connection with a mentor

Contact Information
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Optica Foundation
Global Headquarters
2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: +1 202.223.8130
Fax: +1 202.223.1096

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