Student Summer Research Fellowship in Eye and Vision Research

We offer paid summer fellowships for research that has either immediate or potential application toward improving the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of eye diseases, particularly as may benefit Western New York residents.

The Buffalo Eye Bank Foundation’s Vision Research Support Fund, administered by the UB Foundation on behalf of the Department of Ophthalmology, underwrites this funding opportunity.


Currently registered student trainees (undergraduates, medical students, graduate students not yet affiliated with a lab toward a degree, clinical residents or clinical fellows) in good academic standing are eligible to apply.

Funds are to be used to defray the costs associated with one or more research projects conducted by trainees engaged in full- or part-time research under the supervision of a full-time faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology. The maximum for each award is $1,000.

Awards are intended for use between May 2020 and August 2020.

How to Apply

Applications should be no more than a two-page PDF with single spacing, .5-inch margins, Arial 12-point font and using the following format:

  1. Applicant full name, academic program and year (e.g., Undergrad, Yr-3; MS-1 Medical Student; etc.), and email address
  2. Faculty supervisor’s name (You must have preapproval from the faculty member prior to submission)
  3. Title of proposed research study
  4. Project description: briefly summarizing the purpose, background, specific aims (including approach/methods), anticipated outcomes, and potential significance and applications of those outcomes pertinent to the objectives of this funding program, plus reference citations (keep to minimum)
  5. Budget (can carry over to a third page): specify amounts and category of fund allocation (e.g., student stipend; lab supplies; etc.)

Submit your PDF as an email attachment to

Write “Summer Student Research Fellowship Application” in the subject line of your email.

Applications that do not comply with these stipulations will be rejected.

Application Deadline

You must apply by 2 p.m. EDT, Friday, April 10, 2020

Review Process

Research proposals will be competitively evaluated by a review committee consisting of the chair and vice-chair for research of the Department of Ophthalmology, plus two additional faculty members with primary faculty appointments in ophthalmology (to be appointed either by the chair or vice-chair of the Department of Ophthalmology).

In cases where two or fewer applications are received, the evaluation will be performed by the department chair and vice-chair for research. One or more award recipients will be chosen, the number to be determined by the vice-chair, based upon available funding.

Award Notification

You will be notified by email no less than one week in advance of the start date of the award period, regarding the funding status of your application.


Please submit your application and direct any questions to:

Fliesler, Steven

Steven Fliesler, PhD

SUNY Distinguished Professor; Meyer H. Riwchun Endowed Chair Professor, Vice-Chair and Director of Research

VA Western NY Healthcare System Research Service- Bldg 20, Rm 202 3495 Bailey Avenue Buffalo, NY 14215-1129

Phone: 716-862-6538; Fax: 716-862-6526