EVP Academic & Research Affairs

Observers, Trainees and Visiting Scientists

UTHealth welcomes visiting colleagues and students (minimum16 years old) from across the United States and around the world for research and educational collaboration, observation, and study. 

This application process applies to visitors who are not compensated by UTHealth, and are not enrolled in UTHealth educational programs, but are granted access to university property, facilities, and/or information systems for a specific period of time for approved collaborative or educational purposes.  This process applies to five categories of visitors:[1]

IMPORTANT 
Application Fees for Foreign[2] Observers and Professional Trainees

An application processing fee ($350.00 USD if paid by money order or $375.00 USD if paid by wire transfer) will be charged to all Foreign Observers and Foreign Professional Trainees. Please see the application for specific details.

 

UTHealth Visiting Scientist, Student and Observer Application Online

Learn More about UTHealth's Visiting Scientist, Visiting Student and Observer ProcessObservers

Individuals who observe university operations for their own educational or training purposes.  Observers may not provide clinical care and may not participate in or perform research, data collection or other hands on activities. The duration of the observation period is limited to no more than two months in any one division/department.

Pre-Baccalaureate Trainees
High school or undergraduate students who seek hands on training and experience in preparation for a health sciences education.  Pre-Baccalaureate Trainees receive specific training in research and health education, appropriate to their educational qualifications.  Pre-Baccalaureate Trainees may not perform patient care but may observe clinical practices, conduct research, perform data collection, and participate in other hands-on activities. The duration of training is limited to no more than four months in any one division/department.

Professional Trainees

 Professionals who hold an undergraduate or higher degree and seek additional hands-on training in the health sciences.  Professional Trainees receive specific training in research and health education,  appropriate to their educational qualifications. Professional Trainees may not perform patient care but may observe clinical practices, conduct research, perform data collection, and participate in other hands-on activities.  The duration of training is limited to no more than four months in any one division/department.

Visiting Student Trainees
Students who receive hands on training from UTHealth faculty and staff, but are not registered and enrolled in a course at UTHealth. To be qualified for this category, the Visiting Student Trainee must be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or professional degree program at another institution and the training at UTHealth must fulfill an educational requirement of that program. A Visiting Student Trainee may not perform patient care but may observe clinical practices, conduct research, perform data collection, and participate in other hands-on activities. An Agreement may be required before the visit can begin.

Visiting Scientists
Scientists who collaborate with UTHealth faculty and staff while being employed and paid by another institution. The Visiting Scientist may not perform patient care but may observe clinical practices, conduct research, perform data collection, and participate in other hands-on activities. An Agreement may be required before the visit can begin.

Please note: this process does not apply to 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.