Graduate Student Research
Georgetown’s location at the heart of American government gives you access to many of the world’s most prestigious research and non-profit organizations. For example, students pursuing disciplines in the social, behavioral, biophysical and biomedical sciences are in close proximity to the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the National Academies; students in the humanities are within grasp of the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts to explore various events and research opportunities. Think tanks abound to provide you with opportunities to network with other researchers and engage with new ideas.
In addition to offering top-ranked programs, the McCourt School, Georgetown Law Center, and Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, each offer leading programs in the nation and offer various research support to their students. Additionally, the Medical School and Biomedical Graduate Education at the Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) offers resources for fMRI, animal care facilities, training and other research infrastructure to facilitate individual and collaborative research endeavors.
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ Office of External Fellowships can help graduate students on the Main and Medical campuses with research development assistance, proposal preparation, directed funding searches, and grant workshops. Some of these programs are collaborations with the Writing Center, which will be available to you for your academic needs. The Office of External Fellowships also oversees private and federal awards issued to students, such as the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, The Boren Graduate Fellowship Program, and the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program. The office also works in conjunction with faculty and administrative colleagues, such as the Office of Advancement, Georgetown Office of Fellowships and Awards (GOFAR), and GUMC’s Research Development Services on applications requiring institutional endorsement. They also administer internal funding competitions to support you with conference travel grants and dissertation research travel grants.
If you are looking for additional funding resources or opportunities, the Office of Student Financial Services provides guidance on federal loans and grants and other alternative funding options. GOFAR also provides a listing of funding opportunities, some of which are open to graduate students, such as the U.S. Fulbright Student Program. Other research opportunities are made available by the Office of the Provost, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, the Veterans Affairs Office, and through the Global Futures Initiative in the office of Global Engagement. In addition to the services provided by the Office of External Fellowships, international students are encouraged to seek the resources and services offered by International Student and Scholar Services in the Office of Global Services.
Your academic department may have additional resources or be able to guide you toward other funding opportunities. Check with administrators and faculty in your program for further guidance and information.