Each year, scholars from around the world apply to participate in the KIE’s Visiting Researchers Program.

The program is designed to let scholars conduct research in residence at Georgetown for some part of the academic year, with access to the full range of scholarly resources the campus offers. Visiting scholars are typically students or faculty from other programs of advanced study who use their time at the KIE to pursue individual research projects, whether DPhil or PhD dissertations, MA theses, book manuscripts, scholarly articles, or some other project of special interest.

Scholars receive an e-mail address and university identification card that authorizes lending privileges at Georgetown’s main university library and special privileges at the KIE’s world-class Bioethics Research Library. In the past, visiting researchers have given short presentations of their work to the public at KIE-sponsored events, been granted personal carrels and individual consultations with reference specialists at the Bioethics Research Library, and even visited graduate courses offered by KIE faculty. They have visited for three weeks or for an entire year. The shape of your visit is up to you, depending on interest and resource availability here at the KIE.

We can’t wait to welcome you to Georgetown!

Meet some of our past researchers:

How to Apply

To begin the process, send us an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae, a short one page summary of the project to be pursued while you are at Georgetown, and the dates that you would like to visit.

If your application is accepted, you will hear directly from us about the next steps of the application process, which involve the Graduate School and, if you will be visiting from outside the United States, Georgetown’s Office of International Programs.

For questions about and throughout the process, feel free to contact Laura Bishop using the link below. Please do not contact the Graduate School directly.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to become a Visiting Researcher to use the Bioethics Research Library?

The KIE’s Bioethics Research Library is open to the Georgetown campus community, including alumni and members of the Georgetown University Library Associates program, and to current students and faculty of other Washington Research Library Consortium schools. If you are not a member of one of these categories, and intend to visit for a week or more of research, we recommend application to the Visiting Researcher program for formal access. You can read more about library use policies at the Bioethics Research Library website.

What does the Visiting Researcher Program provide?

Visiting researchers receive an e-mail address and University identification card that authorizes lending privileges at the main University Library and permits attendance at various University-sponsored events. Every effort is made to ensure that researchers are made aware of speakers and programs hosted by the Institute, the Medical School, and the Philosophy Department, to which they are welcome. The Program does not include provision of office space, secretarial support, housing, or any form of financial support.

How do I arrange for housing?

Housing in the Washington, DC area is in high demand. The University does not provide Visiting Researchers with housing accommodations. Those wishing to obtain housing in the area should begin to make arrangements well in advance of their arrival.

US-based researchers may explore Georgetown’s Off Campus Housing Office for assistance in locating housing in the Washington area. Non-US-based researchers may contact Georgetown’s Office of International Services for assistance with housing and other aspects of the move to Washington, DC.

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