The Vanderbilt International Scholar Program (VISP) began in 2010. The goal of the program is to recruit outstanding international students into Vanderbilt’s Biomedical Research programs and to provide support for them throughout their studies. VISP is one of Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos’s initiatives aimed at strengthening international collaboration and increasing campus diversity.

Currently, three VISP initiatives support international students and international collaborations:

  • Our primary mission is to support international PhD students studying Biomedical Sciences at Vanderbilt. International students applying to any one of five specific PhD programs will be considered by VISP for support of their graduate studies. Learn more about our VISP PhD Studies.
  • Our second goal is to support international undergraduate students considering careers in biomedical research.  The Vanderbilt International Summer Research Academy (VISRA) offers these students a rigorous research experience. We offer two sections of VISRA – one during Vanderbilt's academic break (June-July) and a second for those students who study in the Southern Hemisphere and whose academic break is different (Jan-Feb). Learn more about the VISRA Undergraduate Experience.
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Primary Investigators can apply for assistance to bring a foreign-enrolled, non-US citizen graduate student to Vanderbilt as part of their ongoing research collaboration through our Short Term Fellowship program. Learn more about our Short-Term Fellowship program.

Questions about any of our three initiatives can be directed to VISP@vanderbilt.edu.


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