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Hiring International Researchers / Scholars

Hiring International Researchers/Scholars

Exchange Visitor Program
The Exchange Visitor Program, administered by the US Department of State (DOS), allows the Medical University of SC to use the J-1 Exchange Visitor visa status to invite foreign professors, research scholars, short-term scholars and specialists in the United States temporarily (a maximum of five years).  Employment may be incidental to status.

J-1 scholar appointments at MUSC are in one of the following four categories:

Research Scholar"An individual primarily conducting research, observing, or consulting in connection with a research project" and "may also teach or lecture unless disallowed by the sponsor." This is the most common designation at MUSC. Five year maximum limit.
Professor"An individual primarily teaching, lecturing, observing, or consulting" and "may also conduct research unless disallowed by the sponsor."
Five year maximum limit.
Short-term ScholarIndividuals come to MUSC for short-term academic exchange for the purpose of lecturing, consulting or research. Six month maximum with no extension allowed.
Specialist"An individual who is an expert in a field of specialized knowledge or skill coming to the US for observing, consulting, or demonstrating special skills." This designation is limited to one year only.

The J-1 Exchange Visitor category may not be used for the following:

  • The employment of persons in nonacademic staff positions
  • Tenure-track or tenured faculty appointments

Foreign medical graduates who will be engaged in clinical activities, including training. The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) issues J-1 visas for the purpose of graduate medical training.