ASOPRS Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) Travel Grants

ASOPRS is committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of oculofacial plastic surgery (OPS).

As part of these efforts, ASOPRS is offering travel grants to eligible ophthalmology residents (PGY1-4) interested in OPS, to attend the ASOPRS Fall Scientific Symposium.

ASOPRS URiM Travel Grants are intended for residents who identify as underrepresented in medicine. Please see the Association of American Medical Colleges website for a definition of underrepresented in medicine.  


  1. Applicants must be a resident (PGY1-4) at an ACGME-approved program. 
  2. Must be a US citizen, permanent resident of the US or a US territory, or Canadian citizen.
  3. Applicants must self-identify as an underrepresented minority. *Please see AAMC definition, linked here. This may include, but is not limited to, racial or ethnic identity, persons with a disability, persons who identify as LGBTQIA+, or those from marginalized backgrounds. 
  4. Applicants must register and attend the ASOPRS Fall Scientific Symposium if selected.
  5. Applicants must be a first time attendee of the ASOPRS Fall Scientific Symposium.

Preference will be given to applicants without robust exposure to OPS or OPS mentorship at their home institution.

Up to five (5) travel grants are awarded per year with a maximum of $2000 per grant. The grant is provided as reimbursement to recipients after expenses have been incurred. 

Reimbursements are limited to ASOPRS Fall Scientific Symposium registration, lodging during the meeting, airfare, travel expenses (transportation, parking, etc.), and meals not served during the meeting.  

2024 Applications

To apply for the 2024 URiM Travel Grant, click here.  Applications must be submitted by August 15, 2024, to be considered.

ASOPRS URiM Travel Grants are generously supported by ASOPRS Foundation.