Visiting International Scholars Program

Applications for the 2017 Visiting International Scholars Program are now being accepted. Deadline for the Fall 2017 program is April 1st, 2017. All applicants will be notified on or before May 1st, 2017.

The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) places the highest priority on education and training and is committed to facilitating global knowledge exchange and collaborative networks. WFIRM regards the presence of visiting scholars as being of strategic importance to fostering international education and the advancement and internationalization of the field to result in the development of new regenerative medicine therapies, products and support technologies. The WFIRM Visiting International Scholars Program (VISP) enables international scientists, clinicians and physician-scientists to participate as Visiting Scholars at WFIRM, an internationally recognized leader in regenerative medicine with more than 450 scientists and staff in areas such as biomedical and chemical engineering, cell and molecular biology, surgery, and medicine. WFIRM is also where the first implanted laboratory grown organ was produced. The program’s objectives include:

  • Exposing international scientists, clinicians and physician-scientists (ranging from MS, PhD, MD, postdoctoral fellows to established senior investigators) to multidisciplinary research projects that address real-world clinical needs,
  • Developing ability to interact with other disciplines by providing training in a strong team-based environment,
  • Encouraging and developing the next generation of regenerative medicine global scientists and clinicians to explore the potential applications of regenerative medicine,
  • Develop and establish an innovative model for international collaborative research and education and strengthen regenerative medicine research and training relationships internationally,
  • Engender new knowledge and discoveries and promote development of a globally-engaged regenerative medicine workforce.

VISP & You

VISP provides shoulder-to-shoulder research collaborations and training in the state-of-the-art tools and approaches with WFIRM scientists in the field of regenerative medicine that address real-world clinical needs. An alignment of interests between visiting scholars and WFIRM researchers contributes to the richness of the experience for visiting scholars as well as providing valuable contributions to advancing both the field and the intellectual life of the visiting scholar and their respective host institution, WFIRM faculty, staff and students. Collaboration is possible in a wide range of areas including biomaterials, cell and molecular biology, physiology, biomedical engineering, controlled release systems, biochemistry, stem cells and their progenitors, and gene therapy, and tissue engineering. Visiting scholars are welcome to participate fully in the intellectual life of WFIRM and will participate in a variety of didactic activities, attend regenerative medicine seminars to learn more about the different areas of the field. View list of faculty with their areas of research expertise.

Length of Stay

The VISP provides short-term, scientific training and research rotations for eligible applicants. Visiting scholars work closely with and learn from their jointly selected faculty mentor on topics of mutual interest for a three-month period commencing Fall 2017 (October - December 2017). The Visiting Scholar designation is dependent upon individuals securing a J-1 visa.


The VISP is open to outstanding international scientists, clinicians and physician-scientists (ranging from MS, PhD, MD, postdoctoral fellows to established senior investigators) who express strong interest in regenerative medicine research. Previous research experience in a biological and /or regenerative medicine laboratory is highly desirable, but not required.

How to Apply  

The application period for the 2017 program is now open. Deadline for the Fall 2017 program is April 1st, 2017. All applicants will be notified on or before May 1st, 2017. 

A complete application consists of the following:

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Completed on-line VISP Application Form and associated materials including:

  • Full curriculum vitae
  • Most recent academic transcripts
  • Short statement of research interests and professional goals
  • Minimum of two letters of recommendation
  • Up to three reprints of publications

Note:  You must arrange for materials (with exception of completed on-line application form, uploaded CV and statement of interests and goals) to be emailed or mailed as described below:


Postal Mail:  Joan F. Schanck, MPA, Academic Research Program Officer, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-7290, USA

VISP Expectations

  • Applicants must also be able to understand and possess verbal and written fluency in English. Student applications whose first language is not English must submit their TOEFL or an equivalent test score or verification of this competency.
  • Visiting Scholars are responsible for their own financial arrangements, including travel and housing
  • Must obtain leave from the home institution
  • Assume financial responsibility for visa processing fees


Visiting International Scholars Program Contact/Information:

Joan F. Schanck, MPA; 336-713-1201



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