J-1 scholar minimum funding requirements

Updated 12/9/16

The J-1 Exchange Program law requires that the program sponsors establish minimum funding requirements for hosting J-1 scholars and J-2 dependents. Before issuing DS-2019s, we are required to collect documents demonstrating funding that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements.

Although this J-1 scholar may be funded by a non-Emory entity, they cannot perform services for a non-Emory entity (including overseas entities) while in the US in J-1 status.

Under normal circumstances, we will work with relevant offices on campus to review and adjust the minimum funding requirements for J-1 scholars on an annual basis. The annual adjustments will be announced in February/March of each year and will be required of any J-1 scholar requests submitted in ISSS Link on or after October 1 of that year.

School of Medicine

  • Postdocs and visiting faculty: minimum amount is set by NIH-NRSA guidelines (may include up to two J-2 dependents. If bringing more than two J-2 dependents, additional $7,500 per year for each dependent.)
  • All others: $30,000 per year (plus $7,500 per year for each J-2 dependent.)

School of Nursing, School of Public Health, and Yerkes

  • Postdocs: minimum amount is set by NIH-NRSA guidelines (may include up to two J-2 dependents. If bringing more than two J-2 dependents, additional $7,500 per year for each dependent.)
  • All others: $30,000 per year (plus $7,500 per year for each J-2 dependent.)

All other schools

  • Postdocs: $47,476 per year (may include up to two J-2 dependents. If bringing more than two J-2 dependents, additional $7,500 per year for each dependent.)
  • All others: $30,000 per year (plus $7,500 per year for each J-2 dependent.)

If the J-1 scholar’s stay at Emory is less than a year, the minimum funding requirement will be prorated in monthly increments.

It is Emory’s responsibility to ensure that the J-1 program is being used to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges. Thus, J-1/J-2 visitors should have sufficient funding to do their educational and cultural exchange activities in the U.S.