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Visiting Scholars Program: Visiting Students, Observers, Professional Trainees & Visiting Scientists

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Individuals interested in participating in one of the below categories, must contact directly the department of choice to identify a faculty sponsor. 

Once the faculty sponsor agrees to host Applicant, the department will provide the appropriate Visiting Scholars application form. 
All communication with applicant is done thru the faculty/department sponsor.

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UTHealth Houston welcomes visitors from across the United States and around the world for observation, research training, and educational experiences

The Visiting Scholars Program applies to individuals who are not compensated by UTHealth, and are not enrolled in UTHealth Houston educational programs, but are granted access to university property, facilities, and/or information systems for a specific period for approved training or educational purposes. 

Visiting Student  
Student who is enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or professional degree program at another institution of higher education (their “home institution”), who seeks an educational experience/training/shadowing/observing from UTHealth Houston faculty and staff, at UTHealth Houston facilities and/or UT Physicians Clinics, but is not registered and not enrolled in a course at UTHealth Houston.
The main purpose of the Visiting Student’s educational/training experience at UTHealth Houston must be related to their current degree program, with an interest in a health care related field and/or fulfill an educational requirement of the student’s home institution. Visiting Students receive specific training at UTHealth Houston in research and/or health education, appropriate to their educational objectives and qualifications. The general purpose of the training is to learn how to conduct research, data collection, and participate in other non-clinical hands-on activities (visiting clinical educational experiences are only permitted as specified in a program agreement with the student’s home institution). Visiting Students must remain enrolled, in good standing, at the home institution for the duration of their learning experience at UTHealth Houston. In order to comply with various accreditation requirements, an agreement with the applicant’s home institution will be required (before the training can begin) if the visiting student will receive credit for their educational/training experience at UTHealth Houston and/or if the educational/training experience is related to an educational requirement from their home institution.
The duration of training is limited to a one year appointment, with enrollment verification required for each semester. 
Must be at least 18 years old on the start date.

Observer 
Individuals who hold a high school or higher degree with an interest in a health care related field and are seeking to observe (i.e. only to shadow, watch, listen and learn; no hands-on activities allowed) UTHealth Houston including UT Physicians clinics.
Observers cannot provide clinical care, cannot perform any patient care, and cannot participate in or perform research, data collection or any other hands-on activities.
Limited to two months in any one division/department.
Must be at least 18 years old on the start date.
Fee:  $100.00 USD for U.S. citizen/U.S. permanent resident and $775.00 USD for Foreign nationals (non-U.S. citizens/non-U.S. permanent resident)

Professional Trainee 
Individuals who hold an undergraduate or higher degree with an interest in a health care related field and are seeking additional non-clinical hands-on training in research and health education, for educational purposes and/or professional development, for their own benefit; may observe clinical practices but cannot provide clinical care, cannot perform any patient care, cannot have any type of direct patient contact. Professional Trainees receive specific training in research and health education, appropriate to their educational qualifications.
Limited to four months in any one division/department.
Must be at least 18 years old on the start date.
Fee:  $100.00 USD for U.S. citizen/U.S. permanent resident and $775.00 USD for Foreign nationals (non-U.S. citizens/non-U.S. permanent resident)

Visiting Scientist 
Individual who holds a terminal degree, is employed and paid by another academic institution or entity and collaborates with UTHealth Houston faculty and staff. The main purpose is to participate in collaborative projects, conduct collaborative research, and other non-clinical hands-on activities.
Minimum appointment is 6 months; maximum initial appointment is 12 months.
Fee:    $5,000.00 USD for U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, and Foreign nationals



Mandatory Compliance Training

UTHealth Houston requires that all Visiting Scholars receive certain compliance training, including, training about Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and HIPAA. This training must be completed prior to or on the approved start date and is a condition of the Visiting Scholars’ appointment at UTHealth.
Instructions to access the online Compliance Training will be sent to the Visiting Scholars once the application has been approved.


Please note: this process does not apply to individuals seeking an official medical elective, Visiting Students who are enrolled through the Registrar in UTHealth educational programs, postdoctoral fellows, individuals with visiting faculty appointments or individuals employed by UTHealth.  Such individuals continue to follow procedures as established by individual schools and relevant departments.

[1] This application process does not apply for Volunteers (see “Volunteer Program Process”) or Postdoctoral Fellows (see “Office of Postdoctoral Affairs”).  [2] Foreign is defined as anyone who is not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

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