Visiting Observership

Visiting Observer Opportunities

Academic Required Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate Student
  • Graduate Student
  • Medical Student
  • Master Degree
  • Resident or Fellow in Training
  • Physician (MD)
  • Optometrist (OD)
  • Doctorate (PhD)

Non-Refundable Application Fee:

The following fees are based on domestic and international applicants and the length of the observation period.


  • Less Than 3 Months: $100
  • 3 Months+: $300


  • Less Than 3 Months: $300
  • 3 Months+: $1,000

Application Requirements

  • 3 months notice from the date you wish to start is required for a domestic observer and 6 months notice is required for international observer.
  • Complete a registration form and be prepared to upload your CV/Resume and Letter of Interest.
  • A Duke Eye Center Faculty member must agree to act as your mentor and collaborate in the development of any clinical/scientific research projects while you are at Duke.   
  • Complete the required forms. You will receive an email requesting the necessary documents needed. 
  • Pay the non-refundable application fee during the application process. Visa or MasterCard are the only accepted forms of payment.
  • Obtain a visa if required. Duke University Visa Services will assist you with this process.