The Graduate School promotes the University's teaching and research mission by overseeing the Visiting Scholar program. Our office provides support to academic departments and their visitors from overseas who are performing temporary teaching and research collaborations at East Carolina University. These positions may be funded by a combination of home government/institution and/or personal funding. The goal is for these visitors to bring their skills and knowledge to the University, while sharing their unique traditions and cultures with the ECU community. In exchange, these temporary visitors return to their home countries upon program completion with new knowledge, experiences, and perspectives.
Visa categories vary from position to position based on whether it is a paid or unpaid position and whether the position is temporary or permanent. Several visa options may be available depending on the applicant's eligibility, country of citizenship, and whether he or she is already in the U.S. in a particular non-immigrant status. Sponsorship for the J-1 Exchange Visitor visa is the standard for visiting scholars coming from outside of the U.S. For these types of appointments, the Graduate School will work with the hosting academic department and the Office of International Affairs to fulfill all requirements. This process may vary in length and should be initiated at least three months in advance. For additional information on visa requirements, please visit the Office of International Affairs.
Evidence of funding must be included with this request. If supported by personal funds, a bank statement in US dollars must be provided. If supported by government or international funds, an official statement translated into English with funds converted to US dollars must be provided.
To summarize, the main criteria are: