SPIE Scholarships in Optics and Photonics


Education and Travel Scholarships Now Available. Deadline: February 15.

As of 2015, SPIE provided more than $4 million in support of education and outreach programs.

In 2013 SPIE awarded over $390,000 in scholarships to 161 outstanding individuals for their potential long-range contribution to optics, photonics or related field. Individual scholarships range from $2,000 to $11,000.

Full- and part-time students are eligible to apply.

  • You must be a Student Member of SPIE. Standard Student Membership is $20.
  • High school, pre-university, secondary school students will receive a one-year complimentary Student Membership. Fill in the Pre-College Membership Application Form and return to scholarships@spie.org
  • Must be enrolled or planning to enroll in an optics, photonics, program or related field (e.g., physics or electrical engineering) at an accredited school for the school year beginning in the Fall 2013 (Aug 2013-Jul 2014)

SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarships and Travel Scholarships are open to students located anywhere in the world who are studying or planning to study optics, photonics, or a related field. These are two different scholarship programs and students are not eligible to apply for both programs in the same year.

Post-doctoral students (students who have completed their PhD) are not eligible to apply.

Students are not eligible to receive multiple SPIE scholarships for the same academic level. For example, if you received a scholarship during your undergraduate studies and have not completed your undergraduate studies, you are not eligible to re-apply. However, if you have completed your undergraduate studies and you are now pursuing a master's degree, you are eligible to re-apply for another scholarship.

For more information on these two scholarship programs, click here.

SPIE is incorporated in the state of California, USA, and abides by U.S. laws that may restrict cash awards to residents of some countries. To qualify for an award, students and institutions must be eligible to receive funds under U.S. federal guidelines.