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SPIE Scholarship Program









In 2016 SPIE awarded $392,000 in education and travel scholarships to 153 outstanding individuals for their potential long-range contribution to optics, photonics, or other related fields. Individual scholarships typically range from $2,500 to $11,000. 

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

  • You must be a Student Member of SPIE. Standard Student Membership fee is $20.
  • High school, pre-university, and secondary school students will receive a one-year complimentary Student Membership. Fill in the Pre-College Membership Application Form and email to scholarships@spie.org
  • Must be enrolled in an optics, photonics, or other related program (e.g., physics or electrical engineering) at an accredited school for the school year beginning in Fall 2017.

SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarships are open to students located anywhere in the world who are studying optics, photonics, or related fields.

Students who have obtained a PhD are not eligible to apply.

To access the application, detailed information on eligibility and requirements, 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.