SPIE Matching Endowment Program

Established in 2019 to increase international capacity in the teaching and research of optics and photonics

Sustained Support

The SPIE Endowment Matching Program was established in 2019 to increase international capacity in the teaching and research of optics and photonics, and to date has provided nearly $4 million in matching gifts, resulting in more than $10 million in dedicated funds. The SPIE Endowment Matching Program supports optics and photonics education and the future of the industry by contributing a match of up to $500,000 per award to college and university programs with optics and photonics degrees, or with other disciplines allied to the SPIE mission.

First holder of SPIE Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences at Wyant College of Optics named

Matt Eichenfield, a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), has joined the University of Arizona’s Wyant College of Optical Sciences as the inaugural SPIE Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences. The $2 million endowed position was established with a $500,000 gift from SPIE that was matched by a factor of three with funds donated by Wyant College founding dean James C. Wyant and his family.

Soileau Family-SPIE Optics and Photonics Undergraduate Scholarship Fund

University of Central Florida, College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL)

SPIE-Glebov Family Optics and Photonics Graduate Scholarship Fund

University of Central Florida, College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL)

SPIE Chair in Optical Sciences

James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona

Additional SPIE supported programs


IBM-SPIE HBCU Faculty Accelerator Award in Quantum Optics and Photonics

This $100,000 annual award, presented jointly by the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, supports and promotes research and education in quantum optics and photonics within IBM-HBCU Quantum Center member institutions.

SPIE-Franz Hillenkamp Postdoctoral Fellowship

This annual award of $75,000 supports interdisciplinary problem-driven research and provides opportunities for translating new technologies into clinical practice for improving human health.