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International Council of Ophthalmology Fellowships (ICO)

NYEE Hosts ICO Fellowships Program

ICO Three-Month Fellowships

The ICO Three-Month Fellowships help promising young ophthalmologists from developing countries improve their practical skills and broaden their perspectives of ophthalmology. Fellows are expected to bring the acquired knowledge and skills back to their home country and take part in programs to preserve and restore vision. 

  • Award: US$6000 (maximum) to cover travel and living expenses for three months. The exact amount is subject to actual student-style living expenses in the host country. 
  • Approximately 60 three-month fellowships are awarded each year. 
  • For applications submitted by the March 31 deadline, the fellowship is awarded and notices are sent out in July. The earliest start date is October 1 of the same year. 
  • For applications submitted by the September 30 deadline, the fellowship is awarded and notices sent out in January. The earliest start date is April 1 of the same year. 

Requirements: 

  • Residency training must be completed before applying for the fellowship. 
  • Specialist exam in ophthalmology must be successfully passed. 
  • Applicant must be under 40 years of age at the time of applying. 
  • Applicant must return to home country after the training, resume previous positions, and apply the knowledge gained during the fellowship. 
  • Applicant must be reasonably fluent in the language of the fellowship training center. 
  • The ICO recommends that candidates pass one or more ICO exams. We consider this in the assessment of applications. For more information, please visit the ICO Examinations website.
  • Applicants from countries with ophthalmologic societies that are Members of the ICO will receive special consideration 
  • Please visit the ICO Fellowships Program website for details and list of requirements.

Previous International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Fellows

    June – Aug. 2016 – Bhairaja Shrestha – Birtamod, Nepal (Cornea)
    June – Aug. 2016 – Sun Chuan – Beijing, China (Uveitis)
    June – Aug. 2016 – Marian Pauly – Muttuchira, India (Ocular Oncology)
    June – Aug. 2016 – Hao Dung Do – Hanoi, Vietnam (Cornea)
    May – July 2016 – Asif Iqbal – Peshawar, Pakistan (Retina)
    Apr. - June 2016 – Moyez Prodhan  – Dhaka, Bangladesh (Glaucoma)
    Apr. - June 2016 – Amar Kemal – Birganj, Nepal (Retina)
    Apr. - June 2016 – Isra Ahmed Bhutto – Karachi, Pakistan (Pediatrics)
    Mar. - May 2016 – Olubayo Kolawole – Osogbo, Nigeria (Uveitis)
    Feb. - Apr. 2016 – Sami Zeidan – Kassala, Sudan (Oculoplastics)
    Oct. – Dec. 2015 – Rosemary Ngwu – Lagos, Nigeria (Oculoplastics)
    Oct. – Dec. 2015 – Muhsin Eraslan – Istanbul, Turkey (Glaucoma)
    Oct. - Dec. 2015 – Sharlene Prile – Manila, Philippines (Pediatrics)
    Sept. – Nov. 2015 – Haisheng Zhao – Congquing, China (Retina)
    Aug – Sept 2015 – Alina Neascu – Bralia, Romania (Glaucoma)
    Aug – Oct. 2015 – Olesia Ziiatdiinova – Kazan, Russian Federation (Cornea)
    Jun – Aug 2015 -  Kelcia Harchbart – Espirito Santo, Brazil (Retina)
    Jun – Aug 2015 – Suhani Nayak – Coimatore, India (Uveitis)
    May – July 2015 – Akshay Gopinathan Nair – Mumbai, India (Oculoplastics)
    Feb – Apr 2015 – Victoria Moreno – Cali, Columbia (Cornea)
    Feb – Apr 2015 – Satyajit Mulanjur Vadakara – Palakkad, India (Cornea)
    Jan – Mar 2015 -  Tarela Sarimiye – Ibadan, Nigeria (Glaucoma)
    Jan – Mar 2015 - Guirou Nouhoum – Bamako, Mali (Oculoplastics)
    Oct – Dec 2014 – Olga Adleyba – Moscow, Russia (Glaucoma)
    Sept - Nov 2014 – Oluwatobi Idowu – Lagos, Nigeria (Oculoplastics)
    Mar – May 2014 – Florentina Acteea Chitac-Pashalidis – Bucharest, Romania (Oculoplastics)
    Mar – May 2014 – Manju Babu – Bangalore, India (Glaucoma)
    Jan – Mar 2014 – Tatiana Cevo – Vina del Mar, Chile (Neuro-Ophthalmology)
    Nov 2013 – Jan 2014 – Ihab Massad – Amman, Jordan (Glaucoma)
    Sept – Nov 2013 – Mohit Jain – Uttar Pradesh, India (Retina)
    Aug – Oct 2013 – Ahmad Najafi – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Glaucoma)
    May – July 2013 – Azfar Nafees Alam Hanfi – Karachi, Pakistan (Glaucoma)
    Apr – June 2013 – Carlos Yuck Chen Lopez – Los Mochis, Mexico (Retina)
    Mar – May 2013 – Rania Elsabawi – Amman, Jordan (Cornea)
    Feb – Apr 2013 – Rakshya Panta Sitoula – Biratnagar, Nepal (Glaucoma)
    Nov 2012 – Jan 2013 – Mona Hassan – Khartoum, Sudan (Vitreo-Retinal)
    Oct – Dec 2012 – Yevgeniya Vasylenko – Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine (Oculoplastics)
    Sept – Nov 2012 – Yulia Pyatova – Irkutsk, Russia (Glaucoma)
    June – Aug 2012 – Alina Neacsu – Braila, Romania (Glaucoma)
    May – July 2012 – Tahir Younis – Bahawalpur, Pakistan (Vitreo-Retinal)
    Apr – June 2012 – Irina Zivicka – Riga, Latvia (Oculoplastics)
    Mar – May 2012 – Chen Xin – Beijing, People’s Republic of China (Glaucoma)
    Mar – May 2012 – Sola Olawoye – Ibadan, Nigeria (Glaucoma)
    Feb – Apr 2012 – Jafer Kedir Ababora – Jimma, Ethiopia (Vitreo-Retinal)
    Jan – Mar 2012 – Muralidhar Rajamanimurali – Tamil Nadu, India (Pediatrics)
    Dec 2011 – Feb 2012 – Tsung-Yu Ho – Taipei, Taiwan Republic of China (Glaucoma)
    Nov 2011 – Jan 2012 – Thiago Cabral Silva – São Paulo, Brazil (Vitreo-Retinal)
    Nov 2011 – Jan 2012 – Manabjyoti Barman – Assam, India (Oncology)
    Oct – Dec 2011 – Prakash Surendranath – Kerala, India (Uveitis)
    Oct – Dec 2011 – Zhang Yu – Beijing, People’s Republic of China (Cornea)
    Oct – Dec 2011 – Meltem Ozgul Yilmazoglu, MD – Ankara, Turkey (Oculoplastics)
    Sept – Nov 2011 – Marvin Ortega Martinez, MD – Manila, Philippines (Glaucoma)
    July – Sept 2011 – Petros Kayange, MD – Blantyre, Malawi (Vitreo-Retinal)
    July – Sept 2011 – Hassan Abdulmajeed, MD – Kirkuk, Iraq (Pediatrics)
    May – July 2011 – Cao Xu Sheng, MD – Beijing, People’s Republic of China (Uveitis)
    Apr – June 2011 – Yacoub Yousef, MD – Amman, Jordan (Oncology)
    Apr – June 2011 – Omar Salamanca, MD – Cali, Colombia (Glaucoma)
    Feb – Apr 2011 – Walid Ali Abou Samra, MD – Cairo, Egypt (Cornea)  
    Jan – Mar 2011 – Sharafeldin Mustafa, MD – Atbara, Sudan (Glaucoma)
    Dec 2010 – Feb 2011 – Mandeep Y. Lamba, MD – Maharashtra, India (Uveitis)
    Nov 2010 – Jan 2011 – Sunil Garekal, MD – Chennai, India (Uveitis)
    Aug – Oct 2010 – Jutarat Pomsathit, MD – Bangkok, Thailand (Oculoplastics)
    June – Aug 2010 – Tinku Bali-Razdan, MD – New Delhi, India (Vitreo-Retinal)
    June – Aug 2010 – Pratima Kathil, MD – Chennai, India (Ocular Oncology)
    May – July 2010 – Jasmine (Meng) Zhao, MD – Beijing, People’s Republic of China (Uveitis)
    May – July 2010 – Yasser Ali Moustafa, MD – Saudi Arabia
    March – May 2010 – Vipul Arora, MD – Uttaranchal, India (Oculoplastics)
    Feb – Apr 2010 – Xin Liu – Harbin, China (Glaucoma, Retina)
    Nov 2009 – Jan 2010 – Hernan Andres Diaz Carrasco, MD – Guayaquil, Ecuador (Glaucoma)
    Nov 2009 – Jan 2010 – Ahmed Elsayed Abdel Maksoud – Alexandria, Egypt (Cornea)
    Sept – Nov 2009 – Olusola Olawoye, MD – Ibadan, Nigeria (Glaucoma)
    June – August 2009 – Poopalaratanam Sriharanathan, MD – Colombo, Sri Lanka (Cornea)
    June – August 2009 – Samin Hong, MD – Seoul, Korea (Glaucoma)
    May – July 2009 – Hayan Wang, MD – Beijing, People’s Republic of China (Retina)
    Jan – March 2009 – Sribhargava Natesh, MD – Bangalore, India (Ocular Oncology)
    Dec 2008 – Feb 2009 – Duangnate Rojanporn, MD – Bangkok, Thailand (Vitreo-Retinal)
    Sept – Nov 2008 – Huang Ping, MD – Beijing, People’s Republic of China (Glaucoma)
    Aug – Oct 2008 – Ekaterina Andreevna Semenova, MD, Moscow, Russia (Oculoplastics)
    Apr – Jun 2008 – Ling Yeung, MD – Keelung, Taiwan, Republic of China (Medical/Surgical Retina)
    Jan – March 2008 – Nadezhda Gvozdyuk, MD – Moscow, Russia (Glaucoma)
    Oct – Dec 2007 – Madina Kurmangaliyeva, MD – Almaty, Kazakhstan (Glaucoma)
    May 2007 – Ahmed Daifalla, MD – Cairo, Egypt (Vitreo-Retinal)
    Jan – Mar 2007 – Serghey Gribonosov, MD – Tiraspol, Moldova (Glaucoma)
    Nov 2006 – Jan 2007-8 – Irina Azaryan, MD – Yerevan, Armenia (Uveitis)
    May – June 2006 – Saulius Galgauskas, MD – Vilnius, Lithuania (Glaucoma)
    Sept – Dec 2005 – Zia Aamoon, MD – Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan (Glaucoma/Retina)
    Oct – Dec 2004 – Preechawai Passorn, MD – Bangkok, Thailand (Glaucoma/Plastics)
    Oct – Dec 2004 – Atakulova Marzhan, MD – Kazakhstan (Pediatrics)
    Sept – Nov 2003 – Ainura Asanova, MD – Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (Pediatrics)
    Sept – Nov 2003 – Chun Zhang, MD – Beijing, People’s Republic of China (Glaucoma)
    July – Sept 2003 – Wisam Shihadeh, MD – Irbid, Jordan (Glaucoma)