Gallaudet welcomes international scholars to join our distinguished community of learners to participate in scholarly research, educational and cultural programs, or cooperative agreements

Gallaudet University's IVS offers foreign nationals studying or working in the field of deafness an ideal opportunity to gain experience in the following areas:

J-1 Research Scholar/Professor

  • Oserve or consult in connection with research projects, teach courses, present lectures, or lead seminars.
  • Engage in research and/or teaching for up to five years.

(Note: May NOT hold or be candidates for a tenure track position at Gallaudet.)

J-1 Short-Term Scholar

  • Lecture, observe, consult, or participate in seminars, workshops, or conferences for up to six months.

J-1 Specialist

  • Consult, observe, or demonstrate specialized knowledge or skills for up to one year.

(Note: May not fill a permanent or long-term position of employment in the U.S.)

J-1 Student Intern

  • Hosting international students in the U.S. who are currently enrolled and pursuing a degree at a postsecondary academic institution in their home country for up to one year.

(Note: May not fill a permanent or long-term position of employment in the U.S.)


Participants are required to have funds sufficient to cover expenses such as room and board, local travel, health insurance, and other related fees during the period of their program. Participants must also possess appropriate credentials, experience related to the activity they will be engaged in, and adequate English language proficiency.

To learn more about what Gallaudet has to offer international visiting scholars, email the IVS coordinator at

All IVS applicants must be sponsored by a faculty member at Gallaudet University or by the Office of International Affairs (OIA).


All IVS participants will be required to obtain a J-1 Exchange Visitor visa.

To apply to Gallaudet’s IVS, please click the IVS Application Form. You will need Adobe Reader to view these PDF documents. Adobe Acrobat reader is free software that can be downloaded from the Adobe Reader website.

*IVS applications are due April 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.