Travel Awards Information

Each year VSS endeavors to support travel to and accommodation at the annual meeting through a travel awards program, subject to availability of funding. For 2023, we are pleased to announce funding from both Elsevier/Vision Research and NIH/National Eye Institute. In addition, in 2022 VSS introduced the John I. Yellott Travel Award.

Guidelines for Applications

Travel awards are available to both US and non-US individuals and are open to Undergraduates, Graduate Students, and Postdocs. To help address historical disparities in our membership and the field, applications from females, underrepresented minorities, and individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged, as well as applications from those facing significant financial obstacles to their attendance. Applicants must be the first author on an abstract at the 2023 meeting. Previous VSS travel award recipients are not eligible (2020 and 2021 award recipients excluded).

Awards Selection

Applications will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the VSS Board of Directors.


Intent to Submit Application (during abstract submissions): December 5, 2022
Applications Open: January 4, 2023 
Deadline to Apply: January 25, 2023
Recipients Announced: February 15, 2023