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 health and repatriation insurance
while at UCLA. Arrangements for insurance should be made prior to arrival
in the United States.
and Repatriation Insurance
||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. Links below contain
all of the necessary forms and instructions. Microsoft Word is required
to complete the applications. 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
On the J-1 visa application (DS-2019 form), complete sections A
(the number of accompanying family members), B (leave the US address blank
unless you have one already), C (if applicable), E and G on part I of the
form. The form is a Microsoft Word template. Complete all of part II. Do
not print or sign the document. Send it to the fellowship coordinator by
e-mail so that he or she can complete the rest of part I. The completed
application will be sent to you by regular mail for signature. When you
return the signed J-1 visa application (DS-2019 form) by regular
mail, several supporting documents must be returned with it.
Again, no documents should be mailed until you have made e-mail contact
with the fellowship coordinator, completed the initial sections of the
DS-2019 form and received a printed copy of the completed application in
J-1 Visa Application (DS-2019 Form)
Instructions for Completing DS-2019
Health and Repatriation Insurance Form
Section 2111 Appointment Application
Complete all sections of the 2111 appointment
application. The form is a Microsoft Word template. Print and sign the
application. Return it with two passport size color photographs. Additionally, all of the
following supporting documents must be submitted.
A printed copy of your most recent curriculum vitae (CV) must be submitted.
A copy of your medical school diploma in the language of the country
of your training, along with a literal word-for-word English translation,
if the diploma is not in English. The State of California does not accept
a Certificate of Graduation in place of a medical school diploma. A
copy of the English translation alone is not sufficient; copies of both
the original language diploma and the translation are required.
A copy of your license to practice medicine issued by your home country,
with an English translation. A translation alone is not sufficient.
If the home country does not have a license, a letter from the agency
or hospital that gives the applicant the right to practice medicine
||A Letter of Good Standing or Certificate of Good Standing,
with an English translation, from the Ministry of Health or Medical Council
that issued the license to practice medicine. Letters from employers
are not acceptable, unless the applicant is from the People's Republic
of China. The letter must state that "no disciplinary actions"
have been taken against the physician, and it must be dated within the
last 90 days.
||A copy of your Residency Training Certificate or written
verification that you have completed 3 years of basic residency training.
If the original language is not in English, an English translation is
" Verification that you are board-eligible, board-certified or equivalent
||If you are already in the United States, a copy of your
I-94 arrival document must be submitted.
||If you are already on a J-1 visa, a copy of your DS-2019
form must be submitted.
||If you are in the United States on another type of non-immigrant
or immigrant visa, a copy of the Approval Notice issued by the US Immigration
and Naturalization Service, or other documents verifying the applicant's
status such as Resident Alien Card, Employment Authorization Card, etc
must be provided.
||A check for $350 made payable to the "UC Regents"
must be submitted to cover processing costs.
Download Section 2111 Appointment Application