Mary Jane O’Neill Fellowship

The Mary Jane O’Neill Fellowship in International Eye Banking was established in 2001 to provide medical or technical personnel from eye banks outside of the USA and Canada with the skills necessary to develop, operate, and maintain successful eye banks within their own countries, reducing blindness due to corneal disease or injury.

2020 Fellowship Information:

The 2020 Mary Jane O’Neill Fellowship will bring an individual to the United States for a 2 week period during June 2020 to attend the EBAA Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas, and intern at The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration in New York, New York. Once a Fellow is selected, the EBAA will work with The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration and the Fellow to determine the actual dates of the program.

EBAA and The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration in New York City established this fellowship to honor Mary Jane O’Neill, The Eye-Bank’s Executive Director from 1980 to 2000. During her long history in eye banking, Ms. O’Neill was a forward thinking visionary and championed international outreach, devoting significant efforts to establish and improve eye-banking services worldwide.

The 2020 application period has closed.


Célia Regina Malveste Ito
Eye Bank of Federal University of Goiás, Brazil
Hosted by: Lions Gift of Sight (St. Paul, MN)

About Célia’s Experience at the Annual Meeting:
“Three moments were most striking: when I attended the interactive slit lamp microscopy session, when I presented my work that was completed in my post-graduate at the Scientific Symposium, and the most thrilling thing was listening to a donor family member and a cornea recipient share their experiences. That made me more sure of what I want to do and the importance of my job which is helping people see again.”

To read Célia’s personal account, click here.