General Information

Visiting Researchers Program at Georgetown University

The Visiting Researchers program at Georgetown University welcomes scholars who wish to engage with Georgetown faculty and use Georgetown University resources for research purposes. The University extends its resources on a selective basis in the spirit of institutional collegiality to foster the further development of knowledge. Preference is given to senior scholars and researchers, with permission granted occasionally to junior faculty or advanced graduate students from other institutions pursuing dissertation research.

Researchers are provided with a Georgetown University identification card (GoCard), the use of the Georgetown University Library system, and other privileges. Offices, however, are not available to Visiting Researchers due to limited space. Visiting Researchers have the opportunity to audit courses informally with the instructor’s permission.


For Visiting Researcher purposes, the semesters are as follows:

  • Fall: Late August to Late December
  • Spring: Usually early January to June 1
  • Summer: From June 1 to late August

For more information, please refer to the University’s academic calendars for the relevant semester or academic year, available on the University Registrar website.

Researcher Fees

The base Visiting Researcher Fee is currently $400 per semester. This supports researchers’ university affiliations as well as access to Georgetown University faculty and resources. Some departments assess an additional departmental fee. Please confirm with your department whether additional fees will be assessed and the frequency of assessment.

Fall, Spring and Summer are all considered semesters. Therefore, the base $400 fee is charged for each semester during which the researcher is affiliated with Georgetown University.

Click visit the Visiting Researchers main page for more detailed information.

Other Information

The employment classification used by Georgetown to record an approved visitor is “Visiting Researcher.” This is a non-paid appointment. Consequently, NO PAYMENTS or BENEFITS can be made by Georgetown University to a Visiting Researcher.

Most researchers stay from 6 to 12 months, but an extension to a visit may be requested if needed.

Researchers may participate in this program for a maximum of 4 years.