Office of Clinical and Global Partnerships

WHO Collaborating Center for International Nursing

The International Visiting Scholars (IVS) Program, allows select faculty, post-doctoral fellows and students to gain valuable short-term experiences in advancing nursing education, research, and practice. Since 2010, over 30 Scholars have completed the program.

To access a downloadable PDF version of the program's details, click here.

  • Ong-on Prajankett
  • Chinwendu Agu
  • Melek Talas
  • Bephyer Parey
  • Wipada Sangnimitchaikul
  • Atchanat Wangsom
  • Gulcan Bagcivan
  • Senay Gul
  • Tania Rae
  • Duygu Hicdurmaz
  • Zehra Gok Metin
  • Handan Boztepe
  • Atiye Erbas
  • Gul Pinar
  • Imatulla Akyar
  • Paulina Banda


  • PhD students
  • Post-doctoral fellows
  • Faculty
  • Clinicians
  • Nursing administrators

Areas of Focus

  • Oncology & palliative care
  • Cognitive interventions, cognitive aging, and chronic disease
  • Clinical simulation & informatics
  • Quality of life for chronic disease patients
  • Nursing care quality & work environment
  • Evidence-based nursing practice
  • To view a full list of potential mentors and areas of experience, click here

Selection Criteria

  • Alignment of focus area with UAB's School of Nursing strategic priorities.
  • Availability of a faculty mentor.
  • Education requirements (minimum master’s level, preferably doctorate, in nursing).
  • English proficiency
  • Eligible candidates should be outside the United States and have specific objectives and deliverables as part of their application.

A detailed work plan will be developed, in conjunction with a mentor and other resource faculty, following acceptance into the program.

Cost/Other Requirements

  • Visiting Scholar program fees are based on duration of stay and/or purpose of visit.
  • Airfare, lodging, meals and health insurance are the responsibility of the Visiting Scholar.
  • A U.S. J-1 category visa is required.

Note: If accepted, our Program Coordinator will provide you with details about international travel requirements, visa application, available lodging, medical clearance, and health insurance options.


Required Application Files:
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Statement of purpose, goals and expected deliverables for the visit by completing this form.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS scores, Certificate of English from an accredited course)
  • Funding proof
Optional Application Files:
  • Invitation letter (from collaborator, mentor at UAB)


For More Information, Contact

Photo: Ada Markaki

Ada Markaki, PhD, PHCNS-BC
Associate Professor and Deputy Director PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for International Nursing