Welcome to Sightsavers Indian Fellowship Program

The Context

Blindness due to cataract and refractive errors is still a major public health concern in India. Shortage of trained eye care professionals, particularly in rural areas, results in delay in diagnosis and treatment. Training of eye care professionals and encouraging them to work in rural areas can help to ensure equitable and impactful eye healthcare services across the most underserved parts of the country.

About Sightsavers India Fellowship Program

Sightsavers India Fellowship is an opportunity for promising and passionate young ophthalmologists to get trained at some of the leading eye health institutes in India. Alongside, the fellows will get a chance to apply these skills and knowledge in a real-world scenario while being placed under Sightsavers India Eye Health Programme. The program identifies promising young ophthalmologists from India and groom them through an innovative course to enhance their perspectives on rural eye health.

Over the period of 24 months, the fellows experience a structured skill enhancement and mentoring process covering not only clinical and surgical ophthalmology but also managerial and holistic life skills. The process involves skills upgradation components and personal interactions with eminent leaders in eye care and development sector. Every stage of the fellowship program optimizes learning that helps the fellows transform into all-rounded seasoned professionals.

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Salient Features of India Fellowship Program

24 months journey
Hands-on training at leading institutions*
Exciting district postings
One-on-one clinical-surgical mentorship
Participation in community-based survey
Self- transformation mentoring
Attractive stipend and residential facility
International exposure

*Cataract surgeries and exposure to commonly encountered anterior segment procedures such as DCT,
Pterygium, Corneal Ulcer management, Intravitreal antibiotic, Anterior vitrectomy and lid surgeries


The individual should be a post-graduate or a diploma holder in ophthalmology (MS/DNB/DO) from any recognized institute/university in India (current year pass outs are eligible to apply), having sound knowledge on clinical ophthalmology.

Desired attributes

High learning orientation, adaptability, professional ethics and emotional resilience.

Training Institutions

New Delhi

Noida, UP

Kolkata, WB

Strategic Partner

Self-Transformation Mentoring Partner

Fellows will be placed in district(s) of one of these States

At host hospitals in district(s) of one of these States for hands-on learning experience

Selection Process

Applicants need to submit the application form

The decision of Sightsavers India management will be final.

Fellowship Amount

Attractive appreciative amount through the course of fellowship

Download the brochure for details.

  • Last date of application 15th July 2023
  • Fellows will be intimated - via e-mail by July 2023
  • Fellowship begins from August 2023

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