The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) places the highest priority on education and training and is committed to facilitating global knowledge exchange and collaborative networks. WFIRM views the presence of visiting scholars as being of strategic importance to both fostering international education as well as the advancement and internationalization of the field, which can result in the development of new regenerative medicine therapies, products and support technologies.
The WFIRM Visiting International Scholar Program (VISP) enables international scientists, clinicians and physician-scientists to participate as visiting scholars at WFIRM, an internationally recognized leader in regenerative medicine with more than 450 scientists and staff in areas including biomedical and chemical engineering, cell and molecular biology, surgery and medicine. It is also where the first implanted laboratory-grown organ was produced.
2018 Visiting International Scholars and Mentors
Scholars (left to right): Emine Tural Dag, MD (left), Simone Castagno (fourth left), and Rafael Carandina (sixth left)
VISP provides should-to-shoulder research collaborations and training in the state-of-the-art tools and approaches with WFIRM scientists in the field of regenerative medicine that address real-world clinical needs. An alignment of interests between visiting scholars and WFIRM researchers contributes to the richness of the experience for visiting scholars as well as providing valuable contributions to advancing both the field and the intellectual life of the visiting scholar and their respective host institution, WFIRM faculty, staff and students.
Collaboration is possible in a wide range of areas including biomaterials, cell and molecular biology, physiology, biomedical engineering, controlled release systems, biochemistry, stem cells and their progenitors, and gene therapy, and tissue engineering.
Visiting scholars are welcome to participate fully in the intellectual life of WFIRM and will participate in a variety of didactic activities, attend regenerative medicine seminars to learn more about the different areas of the field. View list of faculty with their areas of research expertise.
Successful VISP applicants are responsible for their own financial arrangement, including travel, housing and visa processing fees.
The VISP provides short-term, scientific training and research rotations for eligible applicants. Visiting scholars work closely with and learn from their jointly selected faculty mentor on topics of mutual interest for a three month period. The short-term research rotations occur each Fall and Spring. Specific program dates, deadlines and notification regarding acceptance are provided in the table below. The Visiting Scholar designation is dependent upon individuals securing a J-1 visa.
|Program Cycle |
|E-Applications Open||Deadline E-Application Submission||E-Notification of |
|Spring 2019 |
April 15, 2019-
June 28, 2019
|October 15, 2018||December 15, 2018||January 15, 2019|
|Fall 2018 |
October 1, 2018-December 14, 2018
|April 1, 2018||Extended to July 1, 2018||August 1, 2018|
Wake Forest Properties—Housing for Summer Scholars and Visiting International Scholars
Furnished properties available between 3 to 5 miles of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, which is located in Downtown Winston Salem. Free parking is also available at all of the
housing options. Houses contain single occupancy bedrooms with furnished living areas. Rent is $710/ month (pro-rated for partial month) or roughly $1,775 for a 10-week period. These housing options provide the opportunity to live among summer student and visiting scholar peers but also maintainprivacy with single bedrooms. For current rental rate, please visit Wake Forest Properties or contact Hope Jordan at 336-758-7161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wake SHIP (Summer Housing Intern Program) - Summer Scholars Only
Wake SHIP is for individuals involved in non-classroom academic course work, such as, but not limited to, thesis, dissertation work, or internship work related to an academic discipline or other special circumstances. Students officially enrolled in a summer school course or work do not qualify. For details, visit: You may also contact Sara Phillips, Staff Assistant, Conference Services, Wake Forest University at 336-758-4341 or email@example.com
Rental and Property Management with Amy Young Summer Scholars and Visiting International Scholars
For the past few years, we have been fortunate to enlist the services of a former Wake Forest alumni, Amy Young, who also manages furnished properties available to graduate students/medical students/visiting professionals. Price range between $470-$590/month and possibly few master bedrooms with private bathrooms around $650/month, utility and wifi included with all. For information and details regarding options, please contact Amy Young, Beecherri@yahoo.com or phone at 336-671-0289
Long-term Rentals and Other Summer Resources
Wake Forest School of Medicine, Local housing options
The Wake Forest School of Medicine provides a listing service for local landlords and individuals to list privately owned rental properties and rooms for rent in Winston-Salem.
Wake Forest University, Graduate School, Housing resources
Includes links to off-campus rental options and rooms for rent. Click “Individual Listings”
Downtown Winston-Salem Hotels
Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center - Extended stay rates for WFIRM summer scholars and other short-term exchange students: $55/night for a standard room with 2 double beds
$69/night for a 1 bedroom suite which includes a kitchenette
Reynolda Campus Shuttle Line
Offers shuttle service in and around Wake Forest, Reynolda Campus.
Intercampus and Downtown Shuttle Line
Offers shuttle service between Reynolda Campus and Bowman Gray (Medical) Campus, as well as downtown (WFIRM is located downtown in the Research Park Area).
Winston-Salem downtown area is a walking friendly town; however, many students may prefer to have access to their own transportation. Parking is provided to summer students at WFIRM and at each of the housing properties suggested. Nearly every summer, WFIRM summer students frequently ride share.
Ride-Share and Roommate Assistance
Upon successful selection and acceptance into the 2018 program, all WFIRM summer scholars and Visiting International Scholars will be invited to sign-up for assistance in finding a potential roommate amongst the group of scholars. Participating scholars will also be invited to sign-up for ride-share. Each year, typically half of the cohort of 16-20 summer scholars bring their own transportation -- with many carpooling each day to WFIRM.