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J-1 Scholar Program

The Exchange Visitor Program promotes mutual understanding between the people of the United States (U.S.) and the people of other countries by educational and cultural exchanges.  The Exchange Visitor Program Participant Welcome Brochure contains contact information for the U.S. Department of State Exchange Visitor Program, Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Private Sector Program Division which oversees all program sponsors including JHMI.


Minimum Funding Requirements

A minimum of $24,000 a year * is required to support a scholar at Johns Hopkins University: Medical Institutions; an additional $3,600 a year is required for an accompanying spouse, and an additional $3,600 a year for each accompanying child.

*All postdoctoral fellows must meet the School’s PGY appropriate funding level. The Schools of Medicine and Public Health follow NIH funding guidelines.


Academic Appointment Requirement

All J-1 Scholars are required to hold a formal academic appointment with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Public Health, or Nursing. To this end, positions posted through University Human Resources (non-academic staff positions), Johns Hopkins Hospital or Johns Hopkins Health Systems are not eligible for sponsorship under the JHMI Exchange Visitor Program. The JHMI J-1 program cannot be used for tenure-track faculty positions.


Clinical Training Prohibition

The J-1 program of the Johns Hopkins University: Medical Institutions may not be used for appointment into any JHU clinical training program. The only exchange program authorized to sponsor foreign medical graduates as J-1 exchange visitors for medical internships, residencies, specialized clinical training, and in other positions involving more than incidental patient contact, is the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

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Walk in advising is for F-1 and J-1 questions that can be answered in ten minutes or less. For all other inquiries, please visit the Contact Us page.


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