The VISP is open to outstanding international scientists, clinicians and physician-scientists (ranging from MS, PhD, MD and postdoctoral fellows to established senior investigators) who express strong interest in regenerative medicine research. Previous research experience in a biological or regenerative medicine laboratory is highly desirable, but not required. The Visiting Scholar designation is dependent upon individuals securing a J-1 visa.

Application Process

VISP Expectations

  • Must have verbal and written English fluency. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit their TOEFL or an equivalent test score or verification of this competency.
  • Responsible for their own financial arrangements, including travel and housing.
  • Must obtain leave from the home institution.
  • Assume financial responsibility for visa processing fees.

Submitting an Application

Spring 2020 cycle applications are now open!

If you have questions, please contact the program coordinator, Joan F. Schanck, MPA, at or 336-713-1201.

Required Documentation

  • VISP Application (Spring 2020 due December 15, 2020)
  • Full curriculum vitae
  • Most recent academic transcript
  • Short statement of research interests and professional goals
  • Minimum of two letters of recommendation
  • Up to three reprints of publications

Important Dates: 2019-2020 Deadlines

Program Cycle 
and Dates
E-Applications Open Deadline E-Application Submission E-notification of 
Fall 2019
October 7, 2019-
December 13, 2019
April 15, 2019 June 15, 2019
(extended to
July 15, 2019)
August 15, 2019
Spring 2020
April 12, 2020 - June 19, 2020
October 15, 2019 December 15, 2019 January 15, 2020