VISP PhD Studies

The Vanderbilt International Scholar Program began as a pilot program in 2010 and ran successfully through the 2015-2016 academic year. The primary mission of VISP was to recruit excellent international students to Vanderbilt's biomedical research Ph.D. graduate programs.

From 2010-2016, VISP scholars were selected from non-U.S. citizen applicants to one of five biomedical Ph.D. graduate programs: the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP)Quantitative and Chemical Biology (QCB)EpidemiologyHearing and Speech Sciences and Biomedical Informatics.  There was no separate application for international applicants to be considered for VISP.  Applicants applied directly to the program to which they wanted to be admitted.  All applicants who indicated on their application that they were not a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident were considered for admission by VISP.  

VISP scholars received full tuition and stipend support for their Ph.D. training in their chosen discipline, dependent on maintaining good academic standing.  Scholars had special opportunities to obtain additional training in communications, to participate in programs especially designed for the needs of international students, and to serve as a mentor for new international students and summer research interns.


Meet our VISP Students!

To learn more about the VISP scholars, please read our student profiles and their perspective of our program.


VISP Funding

Each VISP scholar received full tuition and stipend support from VISP for at least the first year of the graduate training, as long as they maintained good academic standing. After the first year, students received funding from their mentor, academic department, VISP or a combination of sources. VISP scholars followed the curriculum of the program that they were admitted to, but, as a condition of the VISP scholarship, they were expected to participate in programs that were specifically designed for VISP scholars.   

Financial support included full tuition, a stipend, student fees, and health insurance. VISP scholars also received an additional $2000 at the beginning of their first year to assist with the cost of relocation to Nashville.