One of the aims of the IOA is to spread and support the science of orthoptics worldwide. The IOA Education Grant was established with this in mind. The Grant was first presented at the X International Orthoptic, Congress in Melbourne, Australia (2004).
The IOA Education Grant endeavours to provide financial help to an orthoptist from a non IOA member country, so that he/she may gain professional advancement by attending the next international congress. The candidate must be sponsored by an IOA representative and have received some training from an IOA orthoptist. The candidate is required to present a plan of how he/she intends to share knowledge with other colleagues when returning home. The Council of Management will decide on the awardee at the Council of Management meeting two years prior to the Congress at which the award is to be given. The Recipient may be decided as early as three years prior to the Congress. The National Organisations should be informed.
Nominations for the Grant should be sent to Council of Management Representatives or the Officers of the Association.
If no suitable candidate is nominated, the Grant will not be given.
Education Grant winners:
2020 Liverpool, United Kingdom
Helen Adaugo Jumbo has been selected as the Education grant winner for 2020. Helen is the first orthoptist in Nigeria.
2016 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
The 4th IOA Education Grant Recipient.
Svetlana Ismagilova (Estonia)
2012 Toronto, Canada
The IOA awarded two Education Grants since none were awarded for 2008.
Ayesha Sarfraz and Hamza Ali (Pakistan)
2008 Antwerp, Belgium
No applications were received for the IOA Education Grant.
2004 Melbourne, Australia
The first IOA Education Grant recipient.
Upali Seekkubadu (Sri Lanka)