ICO-ECF Six-Month Fellowships for Developing Countries in Belgium, 2017

What has the world come to? Free access to education online and a rather hard access to education on site. Funny how things change, but even then there is no need to despair.

The proliferation of the online school and online associate degreeare certainly going to give those cash-strapped but academically apt pupils a fighting chance against exorbitant prizes of education, which are quite frankly ridiculous in their own right.

Nevertheless, the online school has made its presence quite felt across various fields and, to some extent, across various universities. Now, a lot of traditional bodies of instructions have been quick to dismiss that mode of learning as hardly of any consequence, but at the same time, the continuous support of students for this segment may have proven them wrong.

It would be difficult, however, to pinpoint with certainty why universities began releasing massive online courses online. Some could argue that they got scared from the steady advent of the online school. Others find this notion laughable and suggest instead that massive online courses are a clever marketing strategy, a sort of a trailer of what real education in one of the best universities looks like. Whatever the reason, there is plenty of merit to all of those claims and we do not mean to do discredit to any one of those.

We can easily see how scholarships have also come as a response to a world that is increasingly expensive and inaccessible to academically apt students.

Consider the Six-Month Fellowships for applicants from developing countries. The initiative is sponsored by the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) and Eye Cancer Foundation (ECF).

The prize of the scholarship is $8,000 which is intended to cover travel and living expenses for a period of six months. The country where the scholarship can be taken is Belgium.

Now, in order to qualify:

·        You must have completed residency training prior to submitting your application

·        Applicants must not be older than 40 years of age

·        Applicants must demonstrate a fluency in the language of instruction at their fellowship training centre

The fellowships are open to all nationalities. The deadlines are quite generous and easy to follow. The deadlines are set for 31 March and 30 September each year.

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