Corning Women in Optical Communications Scholarship

Be recognized for excellence in optical communications.

Application Dates
01 Nov 2022 - 15 Dec 2022
Program Prize

US$3,000 scholarship, and up to US$2,000 toward travel expenses

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The Corning Women in Optical Fiber Communications Scholarship supports gender diversity in the optical communications industry, this scholarship is a merit-based prize recognizing outstanding women studying optical communications and networking. Three scholarships of US$ 3,000 distributed annually to supplement tuition, mandatory fees and other expenses. Additionally, winners will receive up to US$2,000 in travel expenses, housing and registration fees to attend OFC where they will be recognized. 

Application Information

How to Apply

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Important Dates

Opens 01 November 2022
Closes 15 December 2022

Applicant Requirements
  • Be a current member 
  • Self Identify as a woman
  • Be currently enrolled as a graduate student at a university
  • Have a field of study/research focused on one of the following areas: optical components, devices and fiber, networks, applications and access or photonic systems and subsystems
  • Demonstrate academic excellence (GPA, publications, references, other awards/merits)
  • Program requirements recognize and exclude career breaks from career timelines (eg, eldercare; maternity or paternity leave) 
Application Requirements
  • Essay response: How would attending OFC support your career advancement and goals?
  • CV/resume
  • Personal statement
  • GPA certification (unofficial transcript)

2022 Recipients

Sarah Chowdhury
Sarah Chowdhury
Purdue University, USA
Juniyali Nauriyal
Juniyali Nauriyal
University of Rochester, USA
Fehmida Usmani
Fehmida Usmani
National University of Sciences & Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan

Past Recipients

  • Deesha Shah, Purdue University, USA (2021)
  • Jingyi Yang, University of California, Irvine, USA (2021)
  • Elisabeta Yelistratova, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia (2021)
  • Shaimaa Azzam, Purdue University, USA (2020)
  • Ann Margareth Rosa Brusin, Politecnico di Torino, Italy (2020)
  • Fatemeh Ghaedi Vanani, CREOL, USA (2020)
  • Tali Septon, Technion, Israel (2019)
  • Fatemeh Alishahi, University of Southern California, USA (2019)
  • Yun Gao, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (2019)


This program is endowed by Corning Incorporated.

Selection Committee

Douglas M Baney Keysight Laboratories UNITED STATES
Gabriella Bosco Politecnico di TorinoITALY
Aleksandra Boskovic Corning Research & Development CorpUNITED STATES
Jelena Pesic NokiaFRANCE
Clint Schow University of California Santa BarbaraUNITED STATES
Leo Spiekman Aeon CorporationUNITED STATES