Preserving the Precious Gift of Sight

International Fellowships

RRF funds two programs of international fellowships.

ICO/Helmerich International Fellowships

These two, 12-month fellowships of $25,000 each provide advanced subspecialty training at leading institutions for young ophthalmologists from developing countries. The fellows commit to return to a position at a teaching institution or public service hospital in their home country following completion of the fellowship.

This program is administered for RRF by the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), in cooperation with the International Council of Ophthalmology Foundation (ICOF), and was established in honor of Walter H. Helmerich, III.

Gillingham Fellowships

Two six-month fellowships of $10,000 each are awarded each year to Latin American ophthalmologists for training at leading institutions in the United States or Canada. This program is administered for RRF by the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO), and was made possible by a gift from W. J. Gillingham.

In addition to the international fellowships, RRF also funds other programs of education and career advancement.

American Academy of Ophthalmology Educational Trust Fund

RRF Lawrence Travel Scholarships

Details about these educational programs may be found on the drop down menu bar under “Research Initiatives.”

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Mission of RRF

The mission of the Retina Research Foundation is to reduce retinal blindness worldwide by funding programs in research and education. As a public charity, RRF raises funds from the private sector and the investment of its endowment funds.

RRF’s 48th Anniversary

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