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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.
An individual primarily conducting research, observing, or consulting in connection with a research project at research institutions, corporate research facilities, museums, libraries, post-secondary accredited educational institutions, or similar types of institutions. The visiting research scholar may also teach or lecture, unless disallowed by the sponsor.
A professor, research scholar, or person with similar education or accomplishments coming to the United States on a short-term visit for the purpose of lecturing, observing, consulting, training, or demonstrating special skills at research institutions, museums, libraries, post-secondary accredited educational institutions, or similar type of institutions.
- A Bachelor's degree is a minimum requirement for international visiting scholars.
- English proficiency for J-1 Scholars from countries where English is not the official language must be evaluated by the Department prior to submitting the J-1 Scholar Request Form
- Sufficient financial support is required for a J-1 Scholar. J-2 dependents who accompany the J-1 require additional funding. The minimum amounts required are:
|J-1 Exchange Visitor||Exchange Visitor |
|Exchange Visitor + Child||Exchange Visitor + Spouse + Child||Each Additional Child|
|$1,500/ month||$2,150/ month||$1,850/ month||$2,500/ month||$350/ month|
|$18,000/ year||$25,800/ year||$22,200/ year||$30,000/ year||$4,200/ year|
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.
- Health and accident insurance coverage is mandatory for all J-1 Scholars and their J-2 dependents while they are in the U.S. Policy is available through HTH Worldwide and is especially designed for International Students/Scholars attending one of the participating schools of the University System of the State of North Carolina. This policy can be purchased at OIA (Office of International Affairs).
ECU Graduate School Visiting Scholar Invitation Requirements
- Visiting Scholars Information Form
- CV or resume for the visiting scholar
- Visiting scholar's residential address (this should not be a lab or office location)
- Current transcript or letter from the Registrar showing enrollment in an accredited University or proof of an earned Bachelor's degree or higher
- Evidence of financial support from home institution
- Verification of current visa from the ECU Office of International Affairs.**
- A brief description of research duties and expected product
- Visiting Scholars are individuals who come here (without pay from ECU) to collaborate with our faculty.
- They have special research expertise in their chosen field of study that would benefit ECU.
- They will frequently be holders of a PhD.
- They could be employees at companies, government institutes, or faculty at other universities with established research track records.
- They may have earned a PhD a long time ago.
- They must not take any courses while here.
- Students will only be brought in for a 6 month period of stay as Short-Term Visiting Scholars, since ECU does not have the Internship category.
To summarize, the main criteria are:
- No financial support from ECU
- Not taking any courses
- Have at a minimum, an earned bachelor's degree with special research expertise.
- The individual may provide occasional departmental seminars or guest lectures (This must be pre-approved by the J-1 Responsible Officer.)
- Visiting Scholars may also audit classes as part of their research process, only with approval from the faculty member and Responsible Officer. Approval from the RO must be received prior to auditing any class.
Application for DS-2019 Form
- a copy of the picture page of the incoming Exchange Visitor's passport;
- a copy of the individual's Letter of Financial Support; and
- a copy of the letter of invitation.
English Proficiency Determination
- Exchange Visitor will need a valid US address, US telephone number, and email address. This is a new requirement by the government. So, please help the visitor make those arrangements prior to check-in.
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