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. Fellowship funds are intended to be used for expenses related directly to the conduct of the proposed research project and are not to be used for tuition, books, or supplies required for the student's coursework. OPERF reserves the right to reduce the terms of the award, both in time and in funds, as deemed appropriate by the scope of the proposed research. 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.

Application Process

Application is a two part process with a Letter of Intent (LOI) due in advance of the research proposal (see Funding Cycle, below). Please note, the LOI is used only to assemble a review committee with appropriate topic area expertise. Feedback is not provided in response to the LOI, and you do not need to await an invitation to submit an application. However, your application will not be reviewed if an LOI is not submitted. Applicants are encouraged to keep a copy of their original emails containing their LOIs and proposals to verify that they have met the deadlines. OPERF will email receipts when LOIs and proposals are received. If an applicant does not receive a receipt, he or she should call or email the Research Committee Chair (see Contact Information, below) to verify receipt of documents within one week of the applicable deadline. After one week from the deadline, any lost LOIs or proposals will not be considered for funding.

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 Review Form

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 15
  • 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

LOIs, applications, and requests for additional information may be addressed to submissions@operf.org.

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT: If you have any trouble navigating through the site or have issues submitting your application, please contact Manisha Bhaskar at (202) 380-3663 or email .