The J-1 Exchange Visitor program is used for the following appointments: Post-doctoral appointments, non-salaried Visiting Scholar appointments, salaried, non-tenure track appointments, and other temporary academic staff appointments.
Professors and research scholars may be authorized to participate in an Exchange Visitor Program for the length of time necessary to complete the program providing the program does not exceed five years.
Short Term Scholars may be authorized a period of stay for up to six months to lecture, observe, consult, to participate in seminars, workshops, conferences, study tours, professional meetings and/or similar types of educational and professional activities. Extensions beyond six months are not permitted.
Specialists are defined as individuals who are experts in a field of specialized knowledge or skill coming to the U.S. for observing, consulting or demonstrating their special skills. A specialist may not fill a permanent or long-term position of employment while in the U.S. This category is not intended for experts covered by the research scholar, professor, short-term scholar or foreign physician in graduate medical education or training categories. The maximum period of stay is one year.
International Medical Graduates coming to the U.S. to pursue graduate medical education or training must be sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Consult ECFMG for sponsorship requirements.
If there is no or only incidental patient care, UVM may issue J-1s for programs that primarily involve consultation, observation, teaching and/or research.
OIE’s J-1 coordinator serves as the institution’s contact person for incoming Fulbright Scholars. Faculty may be contacted by prospective Fulbrighters regarding potential placements. If a faculty member/department is amenable to hosting a Fulbright Scholar, the prospective scholar will first need to notify her/his country’s Fulbright Commission to communicate the intent to join UVM for the fellowship period. The in-country Fulbright Commission will then contact the Institute of International Education in the United States which administers the Fulbright Program. At this point, an IIE representative will initiate contact with UVM’s J-1 adviser regarding formal acceptance paperwork.
Upon arrival, all Fulbright Scholars should check in with the Office of International Education.