The Visiting Researcher Program is available to outside adult students from other universities, institutions and entities who wish to visit Cleveland Clinic to discover the research process, collaborate with researchers on specific projects or observe researchers. These individuals are a specific group of non-employees who are required to undergo an extensive onboarding process, including CITI training.

Visiting researchers are:

  • Graduate, professional or medical students wishing to gain further education and experience.
  • Onboarded for only one research mentor at a time.
  • Only eligible for non-curriculum research years (medical students).
  • Scheduled during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and no weekends or holidays.
    • Medical students cannot exceed 15 hours of research per week per Cleveland Clinic.
    • Maximum hours may vary dependent on your university’s policy.
    • All other visiting researchers are not to exceed 30 hours of research per week.
  • Required to swipe in with their ID badge at least once every 30 days during their stay (or repeat the onboarding process if they fail to swipe).
  • Required to stay a minimum of six days and a maximum of one year.
    • Projects exceeding one year will require re-application and extension approval.
  • Responsible for any applicable fees including health insurance; room and board; and the application fee, and are not eligible for pay or benefits from Cleveland Clinic.
    • Application fee may be waived for Cleveland Clinic-affiliated university students. Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Health screenings are required for all visiting researchers at Cleveland Clinic. This screening includes a urine drug screen and TB skin test. Applicants are required to self-pay for this health screening at a specified Cleveland Clinic location and will be reimbursed after onboarding has been completed.

Visiting researchers from outside of the United States may participate in research only as permitted under their Visa type.

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