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2022 Optica Women Scholars

The Optica Foundation (Formerly OSA, est. 2002) carries out charitable activities in support of the society’s student and early career communities. It cultivates the next generation of leaders and innovators as they navigate advanced degree programs and become active members of research, engineering and business worldwide. 20 Optica Women Scholars are selected annually as undergraduate or Masters students. The grant provided is both merit and need-based. In addition to the funding, scholars gain access to Optica's global network of mentors and supporting companies.

Application Dates:

Opens: 9 Feb 2022 06:00 (EST)
Closes: 15 Mar 2022 23:59 (EDT)

Program Prize:

  • the US $10,000
  • one-year Optica Student Membership
  • access to mentorship platform and connection with a mentor

Applicant Requirements:

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

Application Requirements:

  • CV or resume
  • Personal statement describing academic/professional background and interest in optics and photonics in 500 words or less.
  • What are your educational, research, and career goals?
  • Describe your experiences and interests related to optics and photonics (e.g., laser science, fiber optics, lens design, vision science, imaging and sensing, electrical or mechanical engineering, biomedical optics, quantum theory, or applications.)
  • Budget reflecting anticipated academic expenses and other sources of funding.
  • Copies of academic transcripts from the last 2-3 years demonstrating competence in physics or engineering.
  • Two letters of recommendation addressing your interest in optics as well as merits for receiving this scholarship.

Open to: Individual applicants can apply.

Questions please email apply@optica.org. 

For more information please visit https://www.optica.org/en-us/foundation/opportunities/scholarships/optica_women_scholars/



Originally published on - Feb. 22, 2022, 8 a.m.
Last update on - Feb. 22, 2022, 11:37 a.m.
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