To promote and encourage interaction in
research and education with ophthalmology institutions throughout
the world, the UCLA Stein Eye Institute offers International
Ophthalmology Fellowships consisting of one-year programs of study
under the supervision of specific Institute faculty. Candidates for
these international fellowships are often nominated by institutions
outside the United States. Some apply to the program on their own.
Fellows participate in the clinical and research activities of
ophthalmic subspecialties according to their training needs. When
training is completed, the International Fellow is issued a
Certificate of Fellowship by the Stein Eye Institute.
The deadline for applications to our international fellowship program, is September 1, 2016 for the 2017-2018 academic year but may vary within Divisions. Please check with the appropriate fellowship program directly.
NOTE: International fellowship applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are now
Requirements for international fellowships at the Stein Eye Institute:
International fellows are required to have a UCLA-sponsored J-1 visa. A J-1 visa
sponsored by the ECFMG program or any other entity does not qualify. Fellows who
plan to have clinical activity must also obtain a Section 2111
appointment from the California Medical Board. The International Fellowship
in Ophthalmic Pathology is an exception. A Section 2111 appointment allows
international fellows to have limited contact (up to 20% of the fellow's
time) with patients under the direct supervision of a licensed medical
International fellowships at the Stein Eye Institute are generally
non-funded. Fellows must bring financial support from their home institution
or other sources. UCLA requires that international fellows document
the availability of sufficient funds to cover living expenses for one
year including lodging, food, medical and repatriation insurance, and
travel expenses before it will issue a J-1 visa.
International fellows must maintain mandatory health insurance
while at UCLA. Arrangements for insurance should be made prior to arrival
in the United States.
» Mandatory Health Insurance Requiremnt
||International fellows need to speak English well enough
to communicate independently with patients and staff.
International ophthalmology fellowships are offered by the Institute
in the following subspecialty areas:
Each international fellowship program has its own fellowship coordinator.
The names of the coordinators are listed at the top of each fellowship
description page. Application materials should be sent to a fellowship
coordinator, not the program director, unless the two are the same. All
correspondence regarding a specific fellowship program should be sent to
the coordinator of that program.
The process of applying for an International Fellowship
at the Stein Eye Institute involves the completion of
three separate applications, one for the fellowship itself, one for a J-1 visa
(DS-2019 form) and one for a Section 2111 appointment. Successful application requires meticulous
attention to details.
Most international fellowship program directors accept only one international
fellow per year. No guarantee regarding the availability of a position
can be made until all applications and supporting documents are received.
The absolute deadline for receipt of materials is March 1 of the year the
international fellowship starts. Because requests for additional information
from the Office of the Dean at the UCLA School of Medicine occur frequently,
the applicant is urged to submit all application materials by the beginning
of December, the year before the fellowship starts to allow adequate response
International Fellowship Application
Complete and sign the international fellowship application and return it
to the fellowship coordinator. A passport size color photograph must be
attached. A copy of the applicant's most recent curriculum vitae (CV) in
Microsoft Word must be e-mailed to the fellowship coordinator.
International Fellowship Application
J-1 Visa Application
UCLA utilizes the "J1 Research Scholar" category of the United States’ Exchange Visitor system. This is a nonimmigrant visa that is specific for individuals involved in research activities, as you will be. If you have a spouse or children, they will be eligible for a J-2 Visa. You will be provided detailed instructions on how to apply for a DS-2019 Form once you receive a formal Offer Letter to join the Stein Eye Institute International Fellowship Program..
Details on the J-1 Visa is available through the Visa & Licensing Office of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Medical Board of California Section 2111 Appointment
The California Medical Board Division of Licensing administers Special Programs Sections 2111 for international medical graduates who seek postgraduate in an approved California medical school. The intent of the Section 2111 program is to provide a clinical experience for an internationally trained physician who will then return to his/her country of origin to provide improved or enhanced medical care. This clinical fellowship training does not meet postgraduate training requirements needed for medical licensure in California.
If the internationally trained physician holds a J1 Research Scholar Visa, the clinical experience must be limited to incidental patient contact (i.e., less than 20% time).
Basic Section 2111 Requirements:
General information and on the Section 2111 appointment is available through the Visa & Licensing Office of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.
You will be provided detailed instructions on how to apply for a Section 2111 appointment once you receive a formal Offer Letter to join the Stein Eye Institute International Fellowship Program.