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FDA Visiting Scientist Programs

FDA’s Visiting Scientist Program provides opportunities for distinguished foreign scientists at all levels of their careers to work on problems of mutual interest. By facilitating exchange of information and promoting collaborative research and/or regulatory review, the program advances knowledge in the health sciences and enhances the medical environment. There are two categories of FDA’s Visiting Scientist Program participants: Visiting Associates and Visiting Scientists.

Visiting Associates

To qualify as a Visiting Associate, you may be foreign nationals (resident or nonresident aliens); however, you must possess a valid working VISA. You must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent degree (e.g., MD, V.M.D., or Sc.D.) in the health sciences plus less than two (2) years of post-doctoral research/regulatory review experience. 
A Visiting Associate is hired equivalent to the pay grades of a General Schedule (GS) 9 step 1 up to a 12, step 10.

Visiting Scientists

To qualify as a Visiting Scientist, you may be a foreign national (resident or nonresident alien); however, you must possess a valid working VISA. You must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent degree (e.g., MD, V.M.D., or Sc.D.) in the health sciences and who possess two (2) or more years of post-doctoral research/regulatory review experience.
A Visiting Scientist is hired equivalent to the pay grades of a General Schedule (GS) 13 step 1 up to a 15 step 10.

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