SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarships are available to students located anywhere in the world, in high school (pre-university/secondary), community and technical, undergraduate and graduate programs, who are studying in a related field of optics and photonics.
The scholarship award amount ranges from US $3,000 to US $11,000 and supports tuition and fees, textbooks, supplies, and equipment required for courses of instruction, and computer upgrades. Included in this scholarship are the following named scholarships:
The 2023 application closed on 15 February 2023. Thank you to all Student Members who applied. Recipients will be announced in May 2023.
Applicants must meet the following requirements and eligibility in order for the application to be forwarded to the Committee for consideration.
All applicants will be notified via email of the results of their application in May.
Before applying, please make sure you have your SPIE login credentials to access the application. If you have forgotten your account information, please open this link and click "Forgot Username" and/or "Forgot Password" or contact firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions.
The key criterion in evaluating and ranking applications is the "prospect for long-term contribution that the granting of an award will make to the field of optics, photonics or related field." Need, in and of itself, shall not be considered as a criterion.
All scholarship applications are judged on their own merit, based on the experience and education level of the individual student. High school (pre-university, secondary school), community and technical, undergraduate, and graduate students will be judged relative to other applicants with similar educational backgrounds.
Annually, the deadline falls in February 15. All materials must be submitted by 5:00 pm (Pacific Standard Time) on this date. Start early!
All students will be notified of the results of their application in May/June.
Student Members are eligible to receive one (1) Education Scholarship for each academic level including high school, community and technical, undergraduate, Masters and PhD. If you received an SPIE Education Scholarship in previous year(s), your annual scholarship report(s) must be on file with SPIE. To confirm if your report is on file, contact email@example.com
If the information is available, feedback on the results of your application will be given upon request.
Yes, unofficial transcripts are required.
Reviewers want to hear your story! Tell them about experiences that made you interested in the field of optics and photonics. Let them know about your objectives and goals and how you intend to contribute to the field. Keep the key criterion in mind as you write. Be clear and concise.