Build your experience

Each year, we take one individual into our clinical glaucoma fellowship. If you’re the successful applicant, you’ll benefit from a comprehensive learning opportunity on clinical, surgical and research issues in glaucoma, interacting closely with 6 preceptors.  During your clinical fellowship year, you’ll spend approximately 1.5 days in the operating room, 2.5 days in clinic and 1 day in research per week. You’ll also be involved in teaching residents and medical students, both in clinic and during formal lectures.
The fellowship starts on July 2nd and finishes on June 30th.

Although the fellowship program is usually for one year, we will consider requests for two-year fellowship, providing the second year is spent mostly in research.

Application & selection process

If you’re working on or have completed at least three years of residency training in ophthalmology, consider applying for this fellowship. Just follow these steps:

Step 1: Contact Dr. Marcelo Nicolela ( expressing your interest in applying for the fellowship.

Step 2: Send us an application by email or mail (contacts below) by August 31st of the year prior to the fellowship start date, consisting of:

  • a one-page essay explaining your goals with the glaucoma fellowship and why you want to pursue a fellowship at our institution
  • an updated Curriculum Vitae
  • three referral letters written by individuals who are or were involved with your training period or with your professional career as an ophthalmologist

Contacts for application package:

  • If sending by email:
    Tomma MacDonald (Education coordinator), with a copy to Marcelo Nicolela –

  • If sending by mail:
    Dr. Marcelo Nicolela
    Dept. of Ophthalmology & Visual Science
    2W Victoria Building, Room 2035
    1276 South Park Street
    Halifax, NS  B3H 2Y9

Step 3: The fellowship committee will review the application and select candidates for the interview. Interviews will take place in the first 3 weeks of September. Normally, we will notify you of our decision no later than October 31th