Visiting Scholars - Center for Contemporary Arab Studies | Georgetown University

Visiting Scholars

The Visiting Scholars program at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) was established to accommodate visiting researchers who wish to use the facilities and faculty resources of Georgetown University for research purposes. The University extends its resources on a selective basis in the spirit of institutional collegiality and to foster the further development of knowledge.

Visiting Scholars at CCAS can be faculty at other universities, Ph.D. students undertaking research, scholars, or journalists. The proposed project must be one that is directly relevant and engaged with the Arab world. The current Visiting Researcher Fee at Georgetown University is $400 per semester. This required fee provides the scholar with a University identification card, the use of the Georgetown University Library System and other privileges. Because of limited office space, the University does not formally offer space to Visiting Scholars/Researchers. Space permitting, however, CCAS will provide some work space for scholars working through the Center. We do not provide stipends or any other funds.

The Visiting Scholar will be asked to present a lecture/presentation relating to their topic as part of the Center’s Public Affairs program. In lieu of a presentation, the Scholar may choose to make herself/himself available to students for advising in topics relating to the Scholar’s study.



  1. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  2. Two Letters of recommendation or names of two references
  3. Letter of intent with:
    • Dates/length of stay
    • Topic of research (or writing project)
    • Display of financial backing/security
(i.e., Fulbright or sabbatical from your university)
    • Visa status while in the U.S. (i.e., will you require a letter from Georgetown University to support your visa application?)

Space is limited, but we provide:

  • Shared office space, if available
  • Georgetown University E-mail address
  • Access to University library

NOTE: We do not provide stipends or other funds.  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. Fall, Spring and Summer are all considered semesters. Therefore, the fee is charged for each semester during which the researcher is affiliated with Georgetown University.

Application Deadlines

Applications are considered on a rolling basis by the CCAS faculty Executive Committee. The committee meets monthly.
We recommend that applications for the Fall semester be submitted by March 1 and applications for the Spring semester by November 1 in order to ensure any visa requirements are met prior to arrival.


For Visiting Researcher purposes, the semesters are as follows:

Fall: From the first day of Fall registration (late August) to early January
Spring: From the first day of Spring registration (early January) to June 1
Summer: From June 1 to late August

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 and must be paid at the start of each semester. For more information, please refer to the University’s academic calendars for the relevant semester or academic year, available on the University Registrar website.

For questions, please contact Ms. Alison Glick at

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