Emory University recognizes individuals who volunteer their time and services as significant members of the Emory community. Volunteers are not eligible for university benefits, including workers’ compensation.
International Scholars are eligible to volunteer at Emory University as long as the volunteer activity is not meant to replace someone who currently holds a paid position, and as long as the volunteer is donating services for humanitarian and public services purposes to further research, education, and knowledge.
Departments are not allowed to place an international scholar in a volunteer position if they have already identified the international scholar as a candidate for a position. In other words, international scholars are not permitted to commence the activity required of a position for which a request has been made to sponsor the international scholar for employment. The international scholar must wait for the approval of any petition request filed by Emory University before they may commence work. If, however, an international scholar initially volunteers and subsequently is offered a paid position for which they qualify, then the international scholar may continue in the volunteer activity until the employment-based petition filed by Emory University is approved. Go to the Quick Links box to the right for more information on Emory University’s Volunteer Policy and the procedures and forms required to bring someone on board as a volunteer.