International Studies & Programs

Global Professional Research Program

The GPRP program is perfect for well-established academics and professionals who want to focus on conducting research in collaboration with relevant MSU academic departments or units. Admission to this program is subject to an agreement with the MSU academic department hosting the participant.


GPRP will allow you to recharge yourself without the daily responsibility of teaching, administration or management burdens and will let you focus on enhancing your research capacity. Connecting with and working along world-leading scholars, professionals, and scientists at MSU will offer you an opportunity to further develop new research ideas and directions.

Admission to this program is subject to agreement with the relevant MSU academic unit which is expected to host a participant. You are strongly encouraged to directly contact a relevant MSU academic school or a department in your field to explore the possibility of researching in that school or department. VIPP can serve as a liaison to connect you to the department also.

Once an academic department accepts you, VIPP will process your J-1 non-degree student or J-1 scholar visa (please note that we only can process J-1 scholar visa when MSU department agrees to host you) and will provide all logistic support including accommodation booking and other settlement issues. The full settlement service fee is $2,000. 

For information on VIPP's program fee structure and health insurance coverage for participants, see the Participant Resources page.

Apply for the GPRP program now.

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