This section provides information on Penn’s J-1 Visiting Scholar Application.
Funding for Postdoctoral Researchers
All J-1 scholars at Penn are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree in a field directly related to their program objective and have demonstrated relevant experience in their field of expertise.
In general, all J-1 scholars will conduct their activities at Penn. In rare situations, the J-1 activity might occur at a non-Penn site under the full, day-to-day supervision of a regular full-time Penn faculty member. In such cases, attach a letter from the Chair of the hosting department that includes the following:
Penn departments that sponsor foreign medical graduates (FMG) in non-clinical exchange programs, either with no patient care or where patient contact is incidental to the physician's primary activity of teaching, research, consultation, or observation, must include a letter in the J-1 Request Packet. This letter should be signed by the dean of the sponsoring School or the department chair, should be presented by the scholar along with the DS-2019 at the US consulate when applying for a Visa.
No Patient Care
If no patient care is involved in the J-1 scholar’s duties, the letter must state, verbatim:
"This certifies that the program in which [name of the J-1 scholar] is to be engaged is solely for the purpose of observation, consultation, teaching, or research and that no element of patient care services is involved."
Incidental Patient Contact
If incidental patient care is involved in the J-1 scholar’s duties, the letter must state, verbatim:
FMGs who wish to participate in clinical programs of graduate medical education or training cannot be sponsored by the Penn’s Exchange visitor program. The only exchange program authorized to sponsor FMGs as J-1 exchange visitors for internships, residencies, specialized clinical training, and in other positions involving more than incidental patient contact, is the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
The hosting department must consider the following responsibilities and criteria of the J-1 before appointing a scholar in J-1 status:
Now that you have reviewed the Application procedures you can proceed to Maintaining J-1 Status.