International Education

Visiting International Researcher

Visiting International Researcher Application Steps

The below information describes what is needed to bring a Visiting International Researcher (VIR) to Tennessee Tech. A Visiting International Researcher is someone who comes to TTU to conduct research, but is not an employee of Tennessee Tech.

Postdoctoral Researcher

A Visiting International Researcher cannot be a Postdoctoral researcher (Research Associate). A Postdoctoral position is different than a Visiting International Researcher position. Postdoctorial positions must be approved by Human Resources, and the researcher must be paid by TTU. They are considered an employee. For more information, please visit here: Information , Checklist .

Visiting International Researcher Information

All items listed below must be completed by the department and must be submitted to Andrew Bleignier in the office of International Education. Please do not send to the Office of Research or Human Resources. Andrew Bleignier will submit the items to those offices for their signature once they are reviewed.

Once all items are received and processed by Andrew Bleignier, the items will be given to the Office of Research for final approval.

All research activities and objectives must be reported in advanced to the Office of Research following the guidelines found on their website before the department can submit the below items to Andrew Bleignier.


Visiting International Researcher Checklist

The department must verify with Andrew Bleignier first what items are not needed as some items are specific to certain immigration statuses.

Step 11 can be completed first if the VIR requires the letter to seek home government funding.  Please confirm with Andrew Bleignier in International Education. 

1.Complete the Visiting International Researcher Agreement Form found here     .

2. Provide Andrew Bleignier with the name and email address of the visiting international researcher. 

3. Read and review the Tennessee Technological University Visiting International Researcher Program guidelines found here .

4. If research being done deals with Export Controls the sponsor must register for and complete the Export Control Training & Test at: www.tntech.edu/research/research-compliance/export-control-and-trade-sanctions

The sponsor may confirm the test was successfully completed with the Office of Research.

Sponsors are strongly encouraged to take the training even if the research will not deal with Export Controls.

The sponsor must print the confirmation of completion of the test and provide this with the other needed items.

If research does not deal with Export Controls, the sponsor must email Andrew Bleignier at: ableignier@tntech.edu and state the research does not deal with Export Controls.

5.Complete the Evidence of Language Proficiency Confirmation form found here .

6.Complete the Request for Appointment of Visiting International Researcher found here .

The department must provide a description of purpose of visit and deliverables. This will need to be added in the welcome letter (step 11). Deliverables is defined as the outcome the department expects from the visitor, and to confirm the visiting international researcher completed the tasks upon which he/she came to TTU. An example can be: “At the end of the research period you are expected to produce a research report on the above topic”.

7. Provide the VIR's current vita.

8.Complete the Intellectual Property Agreement found here.

9.Complete the Volunteer Form. This can be found at the bottom of the page at: https://www.tntech.edu/files/hr/forms/misc/TTU_Volunteer_Agreement_Updated.pdf

10.Complete the Description of Research/ Visit Form found here 

11.Provide an original offer letter signed by the official sponsor.

The letter must follow the basic guidelines mentioned in the Visiting International Researcher Agreement and Information Form. The letter can be mailed or emailed separately before the immigration documents are issued, however, Andrew Bleignier will also require an original letter. The letter should:

-Be original and signed by the sponsor.

-Include the specific dates the researcher/ short-term scholar will be on campus. This should match the dates listed on the Description of Research/ Visit Form 1.

-State the purpose of the visit and provide a full description of the research objectives and what is expected of the Visiting International Researcher.

-Include a statement that: “the offer is contingent upon successful completion of immigration and university documents”.

-Provide a description of purpose of visit and deliverables. Deliverables is defined as the outcome the department expects from the visitor, and to confirm the visiting international researcher completed the tasks upon which he/she came to TTU. An example can be: “At the end of the research period you are expected to produce a research report on the above topic”. (see #6 above)

-Provide information what the department can and cannot provide based on the items in the Visiting International Researcher Agreement and Information (see #1 above).