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Prior to issuing or extending a DS-2019 the OIS is required by regulation to ensure that the J-1 Exchange Visitor has enough funding to support themselves and any dependent family members accompanying them for the duration of their stay. 
Funding Information for Postdoctoral Appointments

Postdoctoral Fellows must be funded at the NIH recommended funding levels [Limited exceptions apply in the KSAS where fellows have teaching responsibilities].  The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program allows for funding from a variety of sources including JHU funding, funding from outside organizations, or government funding. University policy requires the Faculty Sponsor to pay for the individual health insurance premium for the postdoctoral fellow regardless of the source of their funding. Please refer to the current health insurance premiums in the chart below.  Health insurance costs for the J-1 and and J-2s that are covered by the JHU department will be included in the funding section on the DS-2019.

Funding Information for Non-Postdoctoral Appointments

The J-1 Exchange Visitor (EV) must demonstrate at least than $2,000/month for individual living expenses [excludes health insurance].  Certain JHU appointments may require a higher level of funding.  In that case, the JHU requirement will supersede the J-1 requirement.  Funding may be in the form of JHU funding, funding from outside organizations, government funding, or personal funds.  The EV may or may not be eligible for a Johns Hopkins University sponsored health plan, however, the University requires all EVs to demonstrate they have sufficient funding to meet or exceed the University insurance premium amount.  IN ADDITION, if the EV will bring dependent family members in J-2 status, the EV will be required to demonstrate $300 per month for living expenses for each dependent (i.e. spouse, per child) plus funding for health insurance for each dependent family member.  To determine the required funding for health insurance, please use the chart below.

Insurance PlanMonthly Premium
Annual Cost


Individual plus one child$773


Individual plus spouse$773


Individual plus family$1,032


REQUIRED funding documentation:

No additional documentation is required to show Johns Hopkins funding.  If personal funds will be used to support the J-1 Exchange Visitor's stay, a personal bank statement can be provided to show proof of the availability of funds. The bank statement must have the EV's name visible and should be dated within the last 3 months.* If the funding comes from a family member, an affidavit of support must also be attached.  Documentation of funding from all other sources should be provided on institutional letterhead with the amount of funding and dates during which the funding will be available. If any documents are not in English, an official English translation must be attached Translations using online services such as Google Translate will not be accepted. All foreign currency documentation must be converted to US dollars.  If an unofficial translation is provided, attach the Certification by Translator Form Include documentation of the currency conversion ( is a useful site for this).

*updated March 2018.  Previously, documentation was required to be dated within the past 6 months.  


If you have questions about funding requirements, please contact the OIS at