Sightsavers India announces Fellowship Program 2024 for Ophthalmologists, Apply now


Sightsavers India Fellowship Program 2024 – Sightsavers India, an international organization that has been protecting sight and fighting for disability rights has opened applications for the Sightsavers India Fellowship program 2024. This fellowship is a first-of-its-kind fellowship program, started in 2019 for young ophthalmologists. The initiative focuses on grooming bright and competent young ophthalmologists into skilled professionals.

Sightsavers is an equal opportunity organisation and candidates irrespective of their caste, creed, gender, religion and disability are encouraged to apply.


About Sightsavers India Fellowship Program

  • Sightsavers India Fellowship is an opportunity for promising and passionate young ophthalmologists to get trained at some of the leading eye health institutes in India. Alongside, the fellows will get a chance to apply these skills and knowledge in a real-world scenario while being placed under Sightsavers India Eye Health Programme.
  • The program identifies promising young ophthalmologists from India and groom them through an innovative course to enhance their perspectives on rural eye health.
  • Over the period of 24 months, the fellows experience a structured skill enhancement and mentoring process covering not only clinical and surgical ophthalmology but also managerial and holistic life skills. The process involves skills upgradation components and personal interactions with eminent leaders in eye care and development sector. Every stage of the fellowship program optimizes learning that helps the fellows transform into all-rounder seasoned professionals.


Salient Features of India Fellowship Program

  • 24 months journey
  • Hands-on training at leading institutions*
  • Exciting district postings
  • One-on-one clinical-surgical mentorship
  • Participation in community based survey 
  • Self transformation mentoring
  • Attractive stipend and residential facility


Important Dates

  • Last date of application is 30th June 2024
  • Fellows will be intimated via email by 1st week of July 2024
  • Fellowship begins in August 2024


Eligibility Criteria

  • Postgraduate or a diploma holder in ophthalmology (MS/DNB/DO) from any recognized institute/ university in India, having sound knowledge on clinical ophthalmology (current year pass outs are eligible to apply).
  • Desired attributes: High learning orientation, adaptability, professional ethics, emotional resilience.


Application Process

  • Follow the steps below to apply
    • Step 1- Click on the
    • Step 2- Fill in the required details
    • Step 3- Upload the supporting documents
    • Step 4- Submit the application


Selection Process

Preliminary Selection

  • Application submission
  • 1st round of shortlisting
  • Call for panel interview

Final Selection

  • Final list endorsed by the committee.
  • Reference Background check
  • Formal Inductions and Orientation


Fellowship Stipend

  • Rs. 35,000 per month – Initial four months training period;
  • Rs. 65,000 per month – 1st year of field posting;
  • Rs. 75,000 per month – 2nd year of field posting;
  • Additional benefits
    • Lump-sum payment upon successful completion of year 1 and 2. 
    • Mediclaim, accident, term and professional indemnity insurance. 

For more details and apply please visit the official website