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OWL Fellows Program

The application period for our Class of 2023-24 is now closed.

OWL Fellows Program


OWL continues to seek ways to drive its impact in advancing diversity in leadership.  The OWL Fellows Program will increase support and connection opportunities by pairing interested rising leaders with established leaders in the ophthalmic space.  These connections should allow parties to grow, share experiences and impact careers – and will be a way for OWL to elevate underrepresented parties in the ophthalmic space.  Note:  There is no formal educational curriculum associated with the Program.

Criteria to Participate as an OWL Fellow

The OWL Fellows program will evaluate program participant numbers on a year-by-year basis. 
Ideal candidates for the OWL Fellows Program are:
  • An active OWL member
  • An emerging leader in the ophthalmic space
  • In their early or mid-careers
  • Demonstrating high potential for making an impact in ophthalmology
  • Committed to diverse leadership
  • Willing to commit the time and effort to interact with their Mentor, other Fellows and OWL Leadership

Process for OWL Fellows Program

Interested candidates may apply to be considered for the program, or may be nominated by Board or Advisory Board members for consideration. The application period will be open through August 1st.
The Board of Directors will make the final decision to select each class of Fellows, who will then be paired with their Mentor.  OWL will facilitate the introductions and set expectations, and a representative of OWL will check in with participants to ensure the program’s success.  OWL will facilitate meeting locations for Fellows during annual conferences.
Each OWL Fellows Program will run for one year. OWL will announce its Fellows at annual meetings and has an alumni class of OWL Fellows.


Fellows Class of 2023

2023 Mentors


Fellows Class of 2022

2022 Mentors


Fellows Class of 2021

2021 Mentors


Fellows Class of 2020

2020 Mentors


Fellows Class of 2019

2019 Mentors

Fellows Reception at ASCRS 2022