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Executive Vice President & Chief Academic Officer

Summary of Application Process for Visiting Scholars Program (Observers, Professional Trainees & Visiting Students)



Currently, only applications for Visiting Students (residing in the USA) are being processed. All other categories of Visiting Scholars (Observers, Professional Trainees, and Visiting Scientists) are suspended until further notice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Updates will be provided as new guidelines are made available.


The Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer (EVP/CAO) oversees this process at the institutional level.

Please note this is only a brief outline of the application and intake process for Visiting Scholars.  For more details, refer to Application Instructions and Procedure Overview for Visitors.

  1. Applicant identifies a Faculty Sponsor, and Faculty Sponsor agrees to host Applicant.
  2. Applicant completes the applicant’s section of the Application and submits it to the Faculty Sponsor with the required supporting documents.
  3. Faculty Sponsor completes the department’s section of the Application and obtains approval from the Department Chair.
  4. Faculty/Department Sponsor submits the application with appropriate health form(s) to UT Health Services (UTHS) for health review. UTHS sends a health clearance email to Faculty/Department Sponsor.
  5. Faculty/Department Sponsor sends application with supporting documentation, health clearance email and payment (if applicable) to the Office of the EVP/CAO (by email: 
  6. The Office of EVP/CAO forwards the application to Human Resources to initiate a background check.  Upon successful completion of the background check, Human Resources signs off on the application and forwards it to the Office of the EVP/CAO.
  7. The Office of the EVP/CAO  and the Office of Legal Affairs determine whether an additional agreement (such as an affiliation agreement, program agreement, visiting agreement) needs to be signed between the Applicant’s home institution and UTHealth.  If required, the agreement will be sent to the Faculty/Department Sponsor for forwarding to the Applicant and Applicant’s home institution.  Officials at Applicant’s home institution sign the agreement and returns it to the Faculty/Department Sponsor, who forwards it to the Office of the EVP/CAO for final signature.
  8. The Office of the EVP/CAO reviews the application.  If approved, the EVP/CAO signs the application and any additional agreement. 
  9. The Office of the EVP/CAO notifies the Faculty Sponsor of the application’s approval or denial, and forwards copies of the approved application to the Faculty Sponsor and Human Resources (as well as the Office of International Affairs for foreign[1] nationals for visa advising).
  10. Once an application is approved, the Faculty Sponsor’s Department/School sends an Acceptance Letter to the Applicant (providing the approved dates and intake processes instructions.)  The Applicant signs this letter and returns it to the Faculty/Department Sponsor.
  11. Foreign national Applicants will receive an email from the Office of International Affairs (OIA) for visa advising. Foreign Applicants must schedule an appointment with OIA for visa clearance upon their arrival.
  12. Before the visit can start, all Applicants must check-in with Human Resources to obtain a visitor’s UTHealth ID badge.  In addition, the foreign national Applicant must obtain visa clearance from OIA prior of getting their UTHealth ID badge.
  13. Only after receiving their visa clearance (if applicable) and badge, Applicants may begin their visit.
  14. The Faculty Sponsor/department is responsible for ensuring that the Applicant’s approved end date is observed and for collecting the Applicant’s UTHealth ID badge.