the Challenge

As per official statistics there are about 18,000 ophthalmologists in the country. Although the WHO recommends a population to ophthalmologist ratio of 1:100,000, in India the distribution varies from 1:25,000 in some urban pockets to 1: 250,000 and below in others.

About Sightsavers India
Fellowship Program

The 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 fellows will experience structured skill enhancement and mentoring processes, not just in clinical aspects but also around life skills (non-clinical). This in turn will provide fellows a chance to transform into seasoned professionals with confidence to conduct safe surgeries and live a meaningful life.

Interaction and exposure with experienced ophthalmologists and other development sector leaders will expand their horizons and help them in acquiring abilities to accomplish their responsibilities with adequate expertise.

Salient Features of India Fellowship Program

  • 24 months journey
  • Four months hands-on surgical and clinical training at leading eye health institutions
  • Exciting district postings
  • Onsite and remote one-on-one surgical and clinical mentorship
  • Life-skills guidance
  • Attractive pay and residential facility
  • International exposure

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


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.

selection process

Preliminary Selection

  • Application form submission
  • 1st round of shortlisting
  • Campus interviews/ Skype calls
  • 2nd round of shortlisting
  • Referee calls
  • Call for final round of interview

Final Selection

  • Panel Interview at Delhi
  • Final list of selected fellows endorsed by the committee
  • Formal induction and orientation of selected candidates

The decision of Sightsavers India management will be final.

  • Fellowship Amount - Attractive appreciative amount through the course of fellowship
  • Last date of application 30th June 2022
  • Fellows will be intimated - via e-mail by July 2022
  • Fellowship begins from August 2022

Sightsavers is an equal opportunity organisation and candidates irrespective of their caste, creed, gender, religion and disability are encouraged to apply.