IA&A invites arts and culture scholars, artists, curators, researchers, and lecturers to visit the United States projects ranging in length from 3 weeks to 5 years. IA&A’s program includes J-1 scholar visa sponsorship, assistance with networking and research resources, and the opportunity to share their knowledge and skills in a U.S. museum or arts institution of their choice.

Scholars’ work in the U.S. will be under the mentorship and supervision of IA&A. IA&A has representatives in cities across the U.S. for participants who need to complete program-related work in other locations beyond Washington, DC.

Basic requirements for the J-1 scholar visa:

  • You must have, at minimum, a four-year Bachelor’s degree in a related field from a non-U.S., post-secondary academic institution.
  • You must have proven past work in your field, indicated through articles, publications, reviews, exhibitions, scholarly reports, and employer references.
  • You must have proof of current activity in your field.
  • You must have a sufficient grasp of the English language and be able to complete an interview by webcam or in person with an IA&A representative.
  • You must be able to provide proof of adequate funds for the entire duration of your stay through a guarantor in your country of residence. IA&A requires at least $1,000 per each month including a 30-day grace period.
  • A passport valid for six months after the date of your intended return to your country of residence.
  • Health insurance that meets the U.S. Department of State’s requirements.
Resources For Applicants

Read through the application steps before submitting your online application. Contact IA&A if you have any questions.

Online Application


Application Process


Health Insurance


After U.S. Arrival