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Gillingham Pan-American Fellowship

Application submission deadline: October 1

Up to two (2) fellowships in the amount of $10,000 each are offered to qualified Latin American candidates who have been accepted into an accredited training program in the United States and Canada. The applicant should be no more than 2 to 3 years out of his/her residency program. The candidate must be a member of the PAAO.

Click here to submit your membership application online. Funding provided by Retina Research Foundation of Houston, Texas.

If you have any question, please contact the Administrative office (817-275-7553 or

Application materials:

1. Completed application form (download form below)

2. Curriculum Vitae (CV), 2-3 pages

3. Letter of interest

4. Letter of recommendation

5. Proof of application to an accredited fellowship program

6. Proof of acceptance into an accredited fellowship program (due by February 1)

7. Scan or photo of passport

Submit application online

Latin American/PAAO Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship at UT Southwestern
Application submission deadline: August 10

A one-year observation pediatric ophthalmology fellowship is available for one qualified Latin American ophthalmologist through the PAAO in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas (website) and its affiliated Children’s Medical Center (website).

The position will include the opportunity to participate in significant ongoing clinical research activities. The candidate must be a member of the PAAO. Click here to submit your membership application online.

Applicant Qualifications

The following qualifications for a successful candidate are as follows:

  1. General ophthalmologist, age 35 years or younger, from Mexico, Central or South America, or the Caribbean.
  2. Fluent in both written and spoken English. Candidates must have taken the TOEFL exam (or equivalent) and submit their results with their application. Mandatory: Candidates will be interviewed by telephone to gauge their English abilities.
  3. Willing to commit for one or two years of training.
  4. Completion of a recognized ophthalmology residency in Latin America.
  5. Applicants with additional training in or those currently practicing pediatric ophthalmology and/or strabismus will be given preference.
  6. Established medical and surgical competence.
  7. Highly recommended by chairperson and training program director.
  8. Commitment to return to Latin America at conclusion of fellowship training program
  9. The candidate must be a member of the PAAO. Click here to submit your membership application online.

Medical licensure during program (only applicable to the selected candidate): Either (1) a physician in training license, if all necessary parts of USMLE has been passed, or (2) an Assistant Visiting Professor’s license if USMLE not taken and passed.

Compensation: Salary of approximately $70,356 per year plus fringe benefits will be provided.

Apply online for the 2021 Latin American/PAAO Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship 

Program Preceptors/Faculty:

Program Director:    David Weakley MD
Full-time Faculty:     Serena X. Wang MD; Kamel Itani MDYu-Guang He MD; Angeline Wang MD; Jess Whitson MD; Sukru Dogan MD; and Robert Hogan MD PhD
Department Chair:   James McCulley MD FACS FRCOphth(UK)

Message from the Director (PDF)
Testimonials (PDF)

ARVO/PARD Travel Awards

1) Pyott ARVO Travel Award

Application submission not available for 2021 because ARVO is virtual.

One (1) travel award in the amount of $1,500 will be awarded

  • Spanish-speaking Latin American residents and fellows in ophthalmology, currently living in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America
  • under the age of 40
  • first author on an ARVO 2019 accepted paper or poster
  • Plus the requirements below

2) Arno Habicht Award for Research Sciences

Application submission: not available for 2021 because ARVO is virtual.

Up to three (3) travel awards in the amount of $1,500 each will be awarded.

  • Latin American residents and fellows in ophthalmology currently living in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America
  • under the age of 40
  • first author on an ARVO 2019 accepted paper or poster
  • Plus the requirements below


A) The candidate must be 40 years of age or younger.

B) The candidate must be a Resident or Fellow in a full-time training program.

C) The candidate must be lead/first author on an accepted Paper or Poster scheduled for presentation at the 2017 ARVO meeting. A copy of the acceptance letter/email from ARVO or scheduling information should be included with the application.

D) The candidate must be a member of the PAAO at the time the application is submitted. Click here to submit your membership application online.

E) Recipients of the ARVO/PARD Travel Awards must attend Pan-American Research Day  and present a summary of his/her work being presented at the ARVO meeting. Substitute presenters are not acceptable. Additionally, candidates must be present at the awards ceremony in order to receive their prizes.  Award monies cannot be mailed nor accepted by a third party or proxy.  Failure to comply will result in forfeiture of the award.

Oculoplastics Training Scholarships (Pan-American Oculoplastics Society)


Application deadline: November 10

The Pan-American Oculoplastics Society is pleased to offer a new program of specialty training in oculoplastics at a variety of institutes in Latin America. Duration: 1 month The scholarship includes payment of air passage. Room and Board: Individuals are responsible for their own room and board. In some cases, the training institute may be able to help locate housing.


  • The applicant must have completed or be in the process of doing a fellowship in oculoplastics
  • Must be less than 35 years of age
  • Must be fluent in Spanish or Portuguese
  • Be a current member (Active / Miembro Titular / Member-in-Training) of the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology

Scholarships are limited.

Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Pan-American Oculoplastics Society.

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This program is supported by Allergan International through the Pan-American Ophthalmological Foundation.