The Indiana University School of Optometry will provide a full-tuition, 4-year scholarship for up to two highly-qualified optometry school applicants who are committed to completing the demanding rigors of both the OD degree and the MS in Vision Science. This scholarship is for incoming students, starting with the Fall 2021 school year. There will also be one scholarship available for current OD first-year students (members of the Class of 2024).
To qualify, students must apply to both the OD program and the scholarship program. The student should indicate interest in the dual-program on their OD IUSO Supplemental Application. (Note: While standardized tests are not required for admission to the OD program, students will have to submit GRE score report to be considered for the Full-Tuition Scholarship.)
Links to All Applications
Apply to the OD/MS Full-Tuition Scholarship (Application Deadline 1/15)
The scholarship application consists of:
- General bio/demographic information
- Submission of two recommendation letters
- At least one letter must speak to the student’s research experience and/or potential
- Letters submitted for the OD application can be reused
- Submission of GRE score report
- Submission of a statement of intent
Basic Requirements of the Program
Awardees will have an introduction to IU School of Optometry research remotely in the spring before they begin at IUSO. In the summer before starting the program, students will participate in either:
- An early orientation: student is expected to come to Bloomington several weeks before optometry classes begin.
- A full summer session prior to starting Optometry School, for students with an interest and ability to start research or research rotations.
OD courses and specific graduate coursework will be completed over four calendar years, culminating with the submission of an MS research thesis.
Maintenance of the scholarship will require a graduate/OD program 3.5 GPA and an annual review of performance and progress that meet faculty expectations. In the first year, this may involve defining an interest and topic area, providing a brief literature review, and preparing a preliminary research proposal. In later years, actual research progress will be evaluated. Failure to meet these expectations will result in partial or full loss of scholarship.
The scholarship covers full tuition only. University and school lab fees, health insurance, as well as living expenses, are not included.