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Visiting Scholars

Types of J-1 Visiting Scholars

Research Scholars and Professors

Research scholars engage temporarily in research, observation, consultation, or in some cases, teaching during their stay. Professors focus on teaching but also may engage in research, observation, and consultation. The duration of stay is up to 5 years (there is no extension beyond 5 years).
Professor or Research Scholars will be subject to 24-month bar on repeat participation. The 24-month bar does not go into effect if a Research Scholar transfers between institutions within the U.S. to continue their current J-1 program.
Departments which invite Exchange Visitors for 6 months or less and do not plan to extend them beyond 6 months should request the short-term Scholar category, especially if future visits to the U.S. in J-1 visa status are anticipated within the next two years.

Short-Term Visiting Scholars

Short-term visiting scholars must have a bachelor's degree that matches their corresponding research. The duration of the stay is up to 6 months.
Short-term scholars will not be restricted from making future visits to the U.S. in J-1 status to engage in a new program or activity.

Departments which invite Exchange Visitors for 6 months or less but anticipate extending their stay beyond 6 months should request either the Professor or Research Scholar category instead of the short-term Scholar category.

Become a Visiting Scholar

Are you interested in advancing your research by becoming a visiting scholar at NC State?
Follow the steps below to find a mentor in CALS and submit the necessary paperwork.  This process takes at least 90 days to complete.


  1. Find a mentor in your field of research: 
    1. Search our Faculty Directory
    2. Complete our Google Request Form for assistance in finding a mentor.
  2. Develop a research plan and set a start date with your mentor.
  3. Work with mentor and departmental HR to complete and submit completed paperwork to Office of International Services (OIS) at least 45 days before start date:
    1. Scholar completes Form A of DS-2019 (at the end of the document)
    2. Scholar provides:
      1. CV in English
      2. Copy of passport
      3. Proof of funding ($2,000 USD per month)
      4. Copy of any previous DS-2019s issued in the past 3 years
    3. Mentor completes:
      1. Form B of DS-2019
        1. Confirms English language proficiency through video interview
        2. Attains Department Head and CALS Dean’s signatures
      2. Letter of support
  4. Mentor receives completed DS-2019 from OIS and mails a hard copy to the scholar.
  5. Mentor works with departmental HR to attain log-in credentials for the scholar and submits WolfPack One ID request.
  6. Scholar makes appointment at Embassy to attain J-1 visa
  7. When scholar arrives at NC State, mentor schedules OIS check-in meeting and scholar provides:
    1. J-1 visa
    2. I-94
    3. Proof of health insurance (see Health Insurance minimum coverage  on Form A of DS-2019)

 

CALS Visiting Scholars

Dr. Ahlam Hamim, Research Scientist, National Institute of Agriculture, Research, Tangier, Morocco poses for a photo in CALS International Programs Office of NC StateDr. Ahlam Hamim, Research Scientist, National Institute of Agriculture, Research, Tangier, Morocco
Dr. Hamim first came to NC State as a Borlaug fellow.  Dr. Hamim returned to NC State as a Fulbright Fellow in the spring of 2020 where she continued working with Dr. Hamid Ashrafi to evaluate blueberry cultivars for their chilling requirements under controlled environments.

Katherine Quispe, Junior Research Assistant, Genetics, Genomics and Crop Improvement Science Division, International Potato Center, Peru
During spring 2020, Katherine conducted research with Dr. Craig Yencho in the Horticulture Department to enhance morpho-physiological and genetic knowledge of applied genomic selections to develop disease resistant and disease tolerant crops.

Elizabeth Penaloza Yaurivila, National Fund for Scientific and Technology Development and Technological Innovation, Peru
Elizabeth was at NC State University in Fall 2018 to conduct an internship in the Office of Technology Commercialization and New Ventures.  Through this office, Elizabeth learned about protecting and promoting University research discoveries and intellectual property by working with university faculty, industry partners and startups.

Jorge Luis Tejada Soraluz, Professor, Department of Plant Production, La Molina Agrarian University, Peru
Professor Jorge conducted research with Dr. Katie Jennings in the Horticulture Department.  While at NC State University in spring of 2018, Jorge focused on small fruit weed science and worked closely on weed control in sweetpotato production beds.  Sweetpoatoes are an important cash crop both in North Carolina and Peru so Jorge’s research had wide-spread impacts.