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Global Health Initiatives

Application Process

If you wish to be an Observer, Trainee or Visiting Scientist at UTHealth (see definitions), you must first identify a faculty sponsor at one of our schools that will be able to supervise your visit.  To assist you, here are links to our schools and centers:

Once you identify a faculty sponsor, he/she will provide an application for you to complete (application forms are not available on line).

After you submit your application with supporting documentation to your faculty sponsor, the application must be approved and signed by the faculty member’s department chair or dean. The application will be then reviewed by the Human Resources Department, UT Health Services, the Office of Global Health Initiatives (OGHI), the Office of International Affairs, and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs.

* This approval process takes at least six to eight weeks. Additional time for obtaining and processing an appropriate U.S. visa must also be taken into account. We encourage you to submit your complete application as early as possible. 

For Visiting Scientists and Visiting Student Trainees: An affiliation agreement or letter of support may be required from your home institution before your visit can begin. OGHI will make this determination during the application review process and will inform your faculty sponsor if an agreement or letter is required.

Application Fees for Foreign Observers and Professional Trainees
An application processing fee ($750.00 USD if paid by money order or $775.00 USD if paid by wire transfer) will be charged to all Foreign Observers and Foreign Professional Trainees. Click here for specific details.

UTHealth faculty wishing to sponsor an Observer, Trainee or Visiting Scientist may find additional instructions at the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs.


For questions regarding visa status and immigration compliance, please contact the Office of International Affairs.

For more information about Observers, Trainees and Visiting Scientists, please contact OGHI.