Becoming a Student Fellow of VOSH/International (SFVI) is very rewarding. It is a great way to get involved in the organization and be recognized for your passion and commitment to the core values of VOSH/International. Completing the requirements for a student fellowship allows you to interact with your peers and doctors from across the world. Become a SFVI today to learn more about “optometry’s boots on the ground in the effort to eradicate uncorrected refractive error” and be a part of the next generation of VOSH/International!

There are three options listed below to becoming a SFVI. Only ONE option is necessary to complete the student fellowship program. 

Fellowship requirements should be completed by Feb 1st of each school year. Requirements not completed by February 1st may carry over for one year so students may spend two years working towards the requirements. These requirements should be completed and submitted within your time as an active member of SVOSH and prior to graduation from optometry school.

Article summaries should be submitted electronically through the google forms in the links provided.

Please note that participation in a SFVI through VOSH/International does not give the individual any credit towards becoming a Fellow of VOSH/International (FVI).

Updated COVID-19 and VOSH Humanitarian Clinics Advice

Due to an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 infections, a new variant that is more contagious, and these being early days in the vaccination distribution, VOSH/International DOES NOT recommend that chapters participate in domestic or international eye and vision clinics at this time.

We reiterate that at a time when the coronavirus continues to spread quickly in many parts of the world and vaccinations are not yet available to local populations, the risk of close contact with patients in a crowded outpatient environment remains high.

If a VOSH Chapter or VOSH volunteer chooses to hold a clinic against our best guidance, this is done at your own risk, by your own decision and should be in line with current local/national government rules.  VOSH/International would like to reiterate that safety for VOSH volunteers and our patients is of utmost importance and central to any decision-making process.

We have published our updated clinic guidelines with best practices to be observed in this new context.  You can download VOSH/International clinic guidelines here

Also please keep checking the following sites with official and most recent updates:

World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

US CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/when-to-delay-travel.html

US Government Travel Advise: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

Thank you for your patience in these unprecedented times, hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

John Daniel Twelker, OD, PhD, FAAO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

January 2021