Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Student Scholarship Applications

Application, Requirements and Standards
Time limit: February 15, 11:59 pm, Pacific Usual Time.

SPIE gives Optics and Photonics Training Scholarships and Shuttle Scholarships for college students located anywhere on the earth, from highschool (pre-college/secondary) via graduate school, who are finding out or making plans to review optics, photonics or a similar field. Those are two other scholarship programs and students aren't eligible to use for both programs in the similar year. Please observe for only one scholarship program. 

Optics and Photonics Training Scholarships

The Optics and Photonics Training Scholarships are for high school, pre-college, secondary college, undergraduate and graduate students. Postdoctoral students (students who have finished their PhD) don't seem to be eligible to apply. The scholarship awards are in varying quantities starting from $2,000 to $11,000. The Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship in most cases helps lessons, books, analysis activities, and different education-comparable expenses. If provided the Optics and Photonics Scholarship, price range will have to be used for the 2013-2014 educational 12 months (Aug 2013-Jul 2014).

Travel Scholarships

The Shuttle Scholarships are for undergraduate and graduate students who're planning to attend courses and meetings at SPIE's symposia. Those scholarships are in the amount of $2,000. Scholars in a doctoral software or who have finished their PhD don't seem to be eligible to apply for the Go back and forth Scholarship. Travel Scholarships are for commute to SPIE symposia. If scholars are making use of for other SPIE trip price range to a symposium, they don't seem to be eligible to use the Commute Scholarship for a similar meeting. If offered a Commute Scholarship, price range should be used for an SPIE symposium all the way through the 2013-2014 academic year (Aug 2013-Jul 2014).


All Students, both full- and part-time are eligible to apply.
  • You must be a Student Member of SPIE. Standard Student Membership Fee is $20 (US).
  • 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
  • Must be enrolled or planning to enroll in an optics, photonics, imaging, optoelectronics program or related discipline (e.g., physics or electrical engineering) at an accredited school for the school year beginning in the Fall 2013 (Aug 2013-Jul 2014)
  • Two recommendations are required. An automated message will be sent to your recommenders providing them with a link to your application where they will fill in a questionnaire. Relatives are not eligible to make recommendations.
  • Please attach your Annual Scholarship Report to the online application form if reapplying. The scholarship application form must show new activities from when you last applied. Annual Scholarship reports are required from all winners.
  • Incomplete applications will not be eligible for consideration.
  • All students will be notified of the results of their application in May/June.
Note: 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.
Evaluation Criteria

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), undergraduate, and graduate students will be judged relative to other applicants with similar educational backgrounds.
How To Apply
SPIE is using ScholarSelect to provide an easy and secure way to submit your application. Please contact if you experience technical problems or have questions.
Please only apply for one scholarship. Students are not eligible to apply for both programs in the same year.
Thank you,

The SPIE Scholarship Committee Team