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International Office

J-1 Scholar Application

California State University, Fresno invites International Research Scholars from different countries to come to our university to conduct research. The presence of these research scholars enhances the international dimensions of the educational program at California State University, Fresno, and allows our faculty the opportunity to work with colleagues from around the globe.

Faculty and graduate students may apply for affiliation with California State University, Fresno as a visiting International Research Scholar by sending their materials to potential host faculty/mentor at Fresno State. If it is confirmed that the department has the resources to support your proposal, a packet of information will be sent to the appropriate academic offices for review. Please note, in exchange for assistance from the academic department, and access to our campus resources, you may be expected to offer similar services to the department such as an occasional lecture or work on a departmental project.

The application materials are listed below:

1. Completed Research Scholar Application Form with the following information:

  • Complete name as it appears on your passport. Please clearly indicate which name is your last/family name, first/given name, and middle name.
  • Current email address
  • Current mailing address
  • City and country of birth
  • Date of birth
  • Country of Permanent Residence
  • Country of Citizenship
  • Name and department of the faculty member with whom you plan to conduct your research. Please forward this application to the faculty member hosting you and have him/her obtain the required signatures.

2. Cover Letter: A one-page letter introducing yourself.

3. Research Proposal: A one-page research proposal including the topic of your research and the dates you wish to conduct research on our campus.

4. Degree Certification: A photocopy of both the original and English versions of the diploma of the highest degree you have been awarded (Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D.).

5. Resume: A resume that includes your educational and professional background.

6. Proof of English ability: Proof of English ability sufficient to carry out the proposed research. This may be in the form of a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)/ IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score or a letter of recommendation from a professor of English in your home country.

7. Financial Support Documentation: A letter of financial guarantee on official letterhead in English, including the amount of financial support and the dates for which the support is offered, please indicate whether you are being funded by a government source or a private source.

Note: Most scholars who come to our university are funded by sources such as sabbatical leave pay by the home institution or a grant from the scholar’s home country. However, if you are not receiving such financial support, you will need to submit a letter stating you are self-funded along with a bank statement demonstrating you have sufficient funds to meet all of your needs for the duration of your program in the US.

Financial Support Standard:

  • J-1 visiting scholar, $2,000 per month; $24,000 a year.
  • J-2 dependent, $800 per month; $10,000 a year.

8. Declaration of Previous Presence in the United States: Please complete the Declaration of Presence form and include it with your package.

9. Passport: Submit a photocopy of the main page of your passport including your biographic information and photo.

10.Dependent Information: If your spouse or dependent children (under the age of 21) will accompany you then please send the following documentation for each dependent family member:

  • Photocopy of the biographic page of each dependent’s passport
  • Complete name indicating each dependent’s last name, first name, and middle name.
  • Dependent’s relationship to you (ie spouse, son/daughter)
  • Dependent’s city and country of birth
  • Dependent’s country of citizenship
  • Dependent’s country of permanent residence

11. Invitation Letter from Department: (if an affiliation has been secured) 

Applicants should allow at least three months for processing of all documents. Once your proposal has been reviewed and accepted by the host faculty/mentor, your host faculty/mentor will forward your complete application to the International Office for screening and issuance of DS-2019. You will be sent a formal letter of invitation, a DS-2019 for you and your dependent family members planning on accompanying you, and general orientation information from your host faculty/mentor after the issuance of DS-2019 from the International Office. You will use these documents to apply for a J-1 Scholar visa at the US Embassy or US Consulate closest to you.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Jasmine Cao in the International Office at