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SACM Applicant Requirements

Prospective Students

The International Fellowship Medical Programs are intended for highly motivated international scholars, with approved sponsorship.

J-1 Visa

The Research Scholar J-1 Visa is sponsored by UC Irvine. The research scholar primarily conducts research, observing or consulting in connection with a research project, and is also allowed to teach or lecture.


Sponsorship is required to provide a guarantee for tuition and professional fees incurred as part of the International Fellowship Medical Program. Typical sponsorship letters are from SACM, university, local or national governments. These letters should dated within six months, outline type of fellowship, duration and components of financial sponsorship.

Credentials Required

To apply to an International Fellowship Program, please email the following documents for the committee's review of your credentials to

Required for all fellowships

  • A personal statement to include all of the following
    • Brief background
    • Self-evaluation of English verbal fluency/writing skills 
    • Reason for applying for fellowship, goals for the fellowship 
    • Anticipated start date
    • Duration of the fellowship and plans after fellowship 
  • Applicant resume
  • Applicant professional photo
  • Three letters of recommendation from Professors or clinicians with significant knowledge of the applicant
  • Documentation of fellowship tuition financial support through SACM or equivalent which is dated 6 months or less.

Required for PRESTIGE  Research Training Program

  • Copy of medical school transcript with grades in English
  • USMLE Step 1 score report
  • Step 2 (CK and CS) report, if unavailable please specify planned exam date

Optional for all fellowships if available

  • TOEFL score report
  • Additional letter(s) of recommendation