International Education Program


Duke Eye Center International Education Program creates an educational environment for physicians outside of the US. We have programs for several types of learners.

Visiting Observer Opportunities

Academic Required Qualifications:

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

Available Start Dates  Application Deadline
January 1st October 1st
April 1st January 1st
July 1st April 1st
October 1st July 1st

Application Fee:

Short term: 0-6 months = $500

Long term: 6 months - 1 year = $1000

The application fee is waived for High School Students and Undergraduate Students.

The long-term application fee for Medical Students is $500.  

Funding Required: Self


Research Fellow Opportunities

Category Academic Qualifications
Visiting Research Associate Active Medical Student, Resident or Fellow, Master Degree, Optometrist (OD), Physician (MD), Doctorate (PhD)
Visiting Research Graduate Student On-going Graduate or PhD Student in home country
Visiting Research Scholar Active Faculty (MD) in an academic institution in your home country. 

Term: 1-2 years

Start Date: September 1st

Application Deadline: May 1st

Application Fee: $1000

Funding Required: Self or Home Institution


Application Requirements

  • At least 3 months notice from the date you wish to start is required.
  • 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.   
  • A link to the online application will be emailed to you once a mentor has been identified. 
  • Complete the online application and required forms. 
  • Pay the non-refundable application fee during the application process. Visa or Mastercard are the only accepted forms of payment.
  • Obtain a visa. Duke University Visa Services will assist you with this process.