IACLE Travel Awards

These annual awards enable IACLE members to travel to international contact lens meetings. 

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

In 2020 there will be three awards and recipients can choose to travel to one of three meetings.

Read our Special Notice on the 2019 IACLE Award winners

View all previous award recipients

2020 Awards

The three recipients of the 2020 IACLE Travel Award will each receive: 

  • A bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending one of the following meetings during 2020: 
  • Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators’ Annual Workshop (supported by AOCLE), Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA (28-31 May)
  • Academy 2020 Nashville (supported by AAO), the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry, Nashville, Tennessee, USA (7-10 October)
  • Another international meeting to be 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.     


  • These awards are open to any IACLE Educator Member from any country

Entry requirements

  • Entries must be submitted via the online application form 
  • Applicants must be available to attend the AOCLE Annual Workshop, the Academy 2020 Nashville or another international conference during 2020 to be considered and agreed by the Executive Board 

Judging process

  • The IACLE Executive Board will decide on all winners following input from our three Regional Presidents 

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo urged members to take advantage of the offer: ‘This is a great opportunity for members to attend a major international meeting in 2020. Our aspiration is that the winners can then return to their institutions, and use newly acquired skills and knowledge for the benefit of students.’

How To Enter

To enter for the 2020 IACLE Travel Awards, all applicants must complete the online application form. 

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

The deadline for entries is midnight (EST) on Friday 28 February 2020

Winners will be notified by IACLE Executive Director Bonnie Boshart.

What previous recipients say…

Ma Yuying of Wuxi Vocational Institute of Arts & Technology, China travelled to the Asia Pacific Optometric Congress in Manila, the Philippines. ‘Being recognized as a winner of 2019 IACLE Travel Award is a great honor for me. By this special award, I will have the opportunity to meet eminent academicians, researchers and experienced clinicians from all over the world and gain more valuable experience in teaching and spreading knowledge about contact lenses and optometry.

Ahmed Sherry from the Modern University of Business & Science, Beirut, Lebanon, attended the 2018 AOCLE Annual Workshop in San Antonio, Texas, USA. ‘Thanks to IACLE and AOCLE, I had the opportunity to be part of this three-day workshop and learn from skilled colleagues in the world of teaching and contact lenses. It was a pleasure meeting AOCLE members from the North America region and sharing with them professional expertise and cultural richness. I will definitely use what I have gained from this workshop and try to improve optometry education in Lebanon, especially in the field of contact lenses.’

Dr Lina María Rodríguez Cely from the Federación Colombiana de Optómetras, Colombia and Premjit Bhakat from Manipal University, India represented IACLE at the 2017 AOCLE Annual Workshop at the University of Missouri – St Louis. Lina commented: ‘It was a great personal and professional experience, which allowed me to meet colleagues whom I admire a lot for their work and contribution to education in contact lenses. I learned about the diversity of professional practise in the US. It was also very interesting to find out there are new concepts in the technological development of scleral lenses, a field that in Colombia is growing fast.’

The 2016 IACLE Travel Award winner was Dr Eman Alzghoul from Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, pictured at Academy 2016 with IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo. ‘The award has been the biggest opportunity I’ve had since I started teaching and practicing contact lenses. Thanks to this opportunity, my experience, knowledge and confidence increased incredibly.’

The recipient of the first IACLE Travel Award, in 2013, was Kishor Sapkota from Nepal Eye Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, pictured with Professor Philip Morgan at the University of Manchester, at an IACLE Education Day prior to the 2013 British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference & Exhibition.

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