IACLE Travel Awards

These annual awards enable IACLE members to travel to national, regional, or international contact lens meetings.

The IACLE Travel Awards are supported by all the industry sponsors of IACLE (Alcon, CooperVision, Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bausch + Lomb, Ophtecs and Euclid).

In 2022 there will be one Travel Award and the recipient can choose to travel to a national, regional, or international meeting during the year, providing restrictions allow.

Read our Special Notice on the 2020 IACLE Award winners

View all previous award recipients

2022 Awards

The recipient of the 2022 IACLE Travel Award will receive:

  • A bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending a national, regional, or international meeting agreed by the Executive Board
  • A certificate to mark the award, to be presented at the meeting attended
  • Publicity relating to the award in IACLE communications and other media

About The Awards

The IACLE Travel Award winners will demonstrate their commitment to IACLE, its resources, programs and events, as well as the impact they have had on their institutions and students. Successful applicants will describe their achievements in contact lens education and also how they would apply information gained at the meeting they attend in their teaching.


  • This award is open to any IACLE Full Member from any country

Entry requirements

  • Entries must be submitted via the online application form
  • Applicants must be available to attend a meeting in 2022, providing restrictions allow and agreed by the Executive Board

Judging process

The IACLE Executive Board will decide on the winner following input from our three Regional Directors

IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan urges members to take advantage of the offer: ‘We are delighted to start the search for our IACLE Travel Award winner. We invite our members to consider applying for the 2022 Awards, or to nominate a colleague. We are grateful for all our sponsors (Alcon, CooperVision, Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bausch + Lomb, Ophtecs and Euclid) for their support of the Travel Award and of our work supporting contact lens educators around the world more generally.’

How To Enter

The deadline for entries was midnight (EST) on Monday 28 February 2022.

Only entries submitted via the online application form will be accepted. The decision of the IACLE Executive Board will be final.

Winners will be notified by IACLE Chief Executive Officer Bonnie Boshart.

What previous recipients say…

Dr Elizabeth Chetty of University of Johannesburg, South Africa said ‘I am greatly honored to be chosen as one of the recipients of IACLE’s Travel Awards. I am looking forward to spending time with and learning from some of the world’s greatest minds in contact lenses and keratoconus at the AOCLE meeting. I am also excited to have this opportunity to share my experiences in fitting specialty contact lenses with the university’s contact lens community clinic where we see many advanced cases of keratoconus.’

Professor Martín Guzmán of Universidad Nacional Experimental Romulo Gallegos, Zaraza, Venezuela said ‘I am immensely honored to be chosen as the recipient of this award, taking into account the times we are currently going through and the relevance of knowledge in the different areas of health and the potential contribution that we have ahead. It is our duty to continue studying in order to better serve our patients. This award will be fully used for that purpose. Thanks to IACLE.’

Associate Professor Nirav Mehta of Hari Jyot College of Optometry, Navsari, India said ‘This award is something every optometry educator will have dreamed of and will have wanted to attend such a prestigious meeting as the American Academy of Optometry. The award means a lot to me and to my institution. I will get the chance to meet researchers, speakers and faculty from around the world, and understand how optometry and contact lens education has grown in other parts of world. This adds more responsibility to me: how can I benefit optometry and specially contact lens education in India? Thank you IACLE for choosing me.’

The IACLE Travel Awards are sponsored by all IACLE’s industry sponsors

Find out more about the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards