Visiting Researchers at the Law Center must arrive at a mutually agreed upon date. Although not required, we encourage applicants to arrive at Georgetown at the beginning of our fall or spring term. The Law Center recommends that visitors plan to stay for at least one month. Visits are limited to a maximum of one calendar year. Requests to extend the period of a current visitor’s stay, up to a maximum of one additional year, may be considered only under exceptional circumstances.


Visiting Researchers are charged fees of $300 per month for the duration of their time at Georgetown. Payment in full must be made upon arrival at the Law Center. Requests for fee waivers received after a visitor has arrived (and obtained a visa) will not be considered.


The University is not able to provide campus housing to Visiting Researchers, assist in finding them housing, or arrange housing on their behalf. Those wishing to obtain housing in the area should make arrangements well in advance of their arrival.

Applicants should be aware that housing and living expenses in the Washington area are generally very expensive. The Law Center currently advises its graduate students that single students should expect expenses of approximately $25,000 for the 10-month academic year.


Georgetown University can prepare the paperwork necessary in order to assist in obtaining a J-1 visa (if another sponsor does not arrange for this). To apply for a visa, an invited candidate will need to provide proof of financial support in the form of an original bank statement, sponsorship letter, or notarized financial document. As of 2017, the minimum level of funding per month is $2400 if the participant is coming without dependents. If the visitor is accompanied by family members, an additional $870 per month is needed for the first dependent and $480 per month is needed for each additional dependent.

In addition, invited candidates must provide proof of their English proficiency in the form of a transcript from an English speaking institution or results from a recognized English test (TOEFL or IELTS.)

Medical Insurance

Participants in the Visiting Researcher program are not employees of Georgetown University. As such, they are not eligible for insurance benefits or to purchase insurance through the university. Once accepted into the program, they will be required to purchase private health insurance in order to comply with J-1 visa requirements.

Further information

To request further information, please contact:

Mariah Strauch-Nelson
Office of Transnational Programs
Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: +1 202-662-4057