Asian Studies hosts a limited number of visiting researchers and professional fellows from Asia on a semester and academic year basis. Visitors become part of the Georgetown community and receive full access to the University libraries and Asian Studies facilities. They are permitted to audit classes (with the instructor’s permission) and work on their own research projects for presentation to the Asian Studies community. Professional fellows from government, business, and journalism are welcome as well. Due to various visa considerations, applications must be received at least 6 months in advance. Preference is given to scholars from outside the Washington D.C. area.

How to Apply

  • Submit the online SFS Asian Studies Visiting Researcher Application Form
  • Fall 2019 Arrival – Application Deadline – February 1, 2019
  • Spring 2020 Arrival – Application Deadline – August 1, 2019
  • Summer 2020 Arrival – Application Deadline – November 1, 2019
  • Email the following required documents to
    • Current Curriculum Vitae
    • 1-page Research Proposal
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Proof of Financial Support (Personal or Sponsored)
    • TOEFL Score (This requirement is waived for native English speakers and anyone who has a degree from an English-speaking university.)
  • After emailing all required documents, you will receive a confirmation email stating that your application is complete. Application results will be given within one month during peak periods in the academic year.  Early application is encouraged per the application deadlines. 
  • Any questions may be directed to Robert Lyons at

Program Information

Benefits: Visiting researchers enjoy access to the university’s many resources, including:

Cost: Visiting researchers are required to pay $4,000 USD (MA/PhD candidates pay $2,000 USD) to the SFS Asian Studies Program and $400 USD to the Office of the Provost each semester of their visit. The SFS Asian Studies Program does not charge for summer semesters, but the Provost Office does. The average cost for a visiting researcher to stay enrolled with the program for one year (Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters) is $9,200 USD. Fulbright scholars are required only to pay a one-time fee of $500 USD to the SFS Asian Studies Program.

University Requirements

  • Read and follow any relevant instructions for J-1 scholars from International Student and Scholar Services.
  • Follow the Main Campus Research instructions for visiting researchers.
  • Make appointment to check-in with Robert Lyons ( and pay SFS Asian Studies semester fee.