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Visa Guidelines for Postdoctoral Scholars

The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) regards the postdoctoral experience as one that emphasizes scholarship and continued academic training for individuals who recently completed a doctoral degree. The postdoctoral appointment is temporary.  Postdocs will conduct research under general oversight of a mentor in preparation for a permanent position in academia, industry, government, or the non-profit sector.

TSRI recognizes the important contributions of foreign postdoctoral scholars to its mission. In making visa sponsorship decisions, the institute seeks to balance the interest of the postdoctoral scholar, the PI, and the institution as a whole.

When a J-1 visa status is available for a reasonably sufficient period of time to complete a proposed scientific training program, then TSRI will sponsor a foreign national in J-1 visa status. If the  J-1 visa status is not available, or the PI recruiting the individual can establish that the H-1B visa status is in the best interest of TSRI and fully justified by the particular circumstances, then TSRI will sponsor a foreign national in H-1B visa status. The PI can request a Postdoctoral H-1B Visa Exception Request form from the International Services Office. All costs associated with obtaining the H-1B visa status will be the responsibility of the PI.

Additional information about the J and H visa status can be found here.