OPERF | Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation

Fellowship Award Program

About the Fellowship

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) provides funding to support clinically relevant research in orthotics and prosthetics (O&P). Fellowship Award funding is designated for students who are currently enrolled in a master's and/or PhD educational programs.

The OPERF Fellowship Award Program is designed to support quality graduate education research related to the orthotics and prosthetics (O&P) profession. One-year fellowships of up to $5,000 are given on an annual basis. Fellowships will be awarded based on the scientific merit of the proposed research project. OPERF has arranged for award recipients to present their research at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy) Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium. The Academy has donated complimentary registration and speaking slots for Fellows to present their OPERF-sponsored research.

Complementary Funding/Support

OPERF Fellowship Award applicants are required to identify existing and/or pending funding related to the application. If complementary funding is obtained by the investigator prior to the award announcement or during the award period, award recipients are required to inform the OPERF Research Committee Chair (see Contact Information, below) in writing. When contacting the OPERF Research Committee Chair, investigators are encouraged to submit a modified budget reflecting the complementary support obtained for the proposed research.

OPERF reserves the right to modify the provided funding based on alternative support received by the investigator(s). Decisions regarding the modification of funding will be approved by the OPERF Board of Directors.

Instructions and Forms

Instructions and forms for submission of proposals are available below. Submissions may be made by email only. Applicants are responsible for confirming all materials are received by the due dates.

OPERF Fellowship Program Overview

OPERF Fellowship Award Cover Page

OPERF Fellowship Award Program Funding Cycle

The following are key dates and deadlines for the OPERF Fellowship Award Program. Applicants are responsible for ensuring all materials are received by OPERF by the due dates.

  • LOI due December 11
  • Proposal due January 15
  • Award notification April 1*
  • Funding disbursed May 27*

* Award notification date and subsequent dates are based on anticipated number of submitted applications. A greater number of submissions than expected may delay notification. Applicants will be notified in writing if a delay occurs.

Contact Information

Requests for additional information may be addressed to:

Fellowship Award Program
c/o Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO (Hons)
Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation
P.O. Box 34635
Washington, DC 20043-4635
phone: (312) 503-5717
web: www.OPERF.org

Materials cannot be returned.

QUESTIONS: If you have any questions about the Fellowship Award Program, please contact Nia B. Abdul-Malik at (202) 380-3663 or email .