SPIE Community Support

Helping you create the future

SPIE | Community Support

In 2019, SPIE provided over $5.6 million in community support including scholarships and awards, outreach and advocacy programs, travel grants, public policy, and educational resources.

Inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by becoming more involved with your Society's altruistic activities. We are an educational, not-for-profit organization that contributes a significant percentage of revenue, every month, every year, without a separate fundraising campaign or administrative foundation. It's what we do.

But we couldn't do it without you and the time of volunteers around the world. Want to get involved? Email: help@spie.org


SPIE Endowment Matching Program
The SPIE Endowment Matching Program

The SPIE Endowment Matching Program will disburse up to $2.5 million to fund the expansion of educational opportunities in optics and photonics over the next five years, typically for a named faculty position, chair, or scholarship needs.

The initiative supplements SPIE's existing commitment of over $5 million annually for community support activities. The first grant of $500,000 created the SPIE Chair in Optical Sciences at the Wyant College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona. Read the press release.

On 3 February 2020, SPIE announced the establishment of the second endowment in the program, the SPIE-Glebov Family Optics and Photonics Graduate Scholarship Fund for the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL). The $325,000 in funding from SPIE will be matched in full by the College's Research Foundation and the Glebov family, to create scholarships for graduate students at CREOL. Read the press release.

Download information about the program and how your college or university may participate.


Education Outreach Grants
Free Posters
Education Outreach Grants   Free Posters

Visiting Lecturers Program
SPIE Scholarships in Optics and Photonics
Visiting Lecturers Program   SPIE Scholarships
ETOP Conference - Education and
Training in Optics and Photonics
  Student Author Travel Grants
ETOP   Student Travel Grants

Free Educational Resources
Science Fairs
Free Educational Resources   Science Fairs

Learn more and stay connected with SPIE Community Support


Community Support News + Stories
Community Support News
Read more about the altruistic endeavors of SPIE in the Community section of our newsroom, updated regularly to showcase how our community is building a better world through the application of optics and photonics.
Read news + stories  ›
Newsletter Signup
Get more good news
Sign up for our Photonics for a Better World quarterly newsletter.
Subscribe to the newsletter  ›
Donate to SPIE
Donate to SPIE
By making a financial contribution, you enable the Society to continue to support education and technological advancement worldwide.
Make a donation  ›