The Lisa J. Raines Fellowship

9/11 Memorial in New York City. Photo credit: Brody Sloan (Carroll Fellow, Class of 2019)

The Lisa J. Raines Summer Research Fellowship (Raines) is an extraordinary opportunity for Georgetown sophomores and juniors wishing to conduct independent summer research. The Raines provides a total of $5,000 to successful applicants to design, investigate, and produce an original research project over the course of ten weeks.

The skills gained through securing and completing a Raines are invaluable assets to a student’s academic and postgraduate goals.  From conceiving of a project idea to presenting original findings, students hone their analytical, writing, and time management skills – all while exploring their chosen field in a specific and personal way.  Such focus contributes significantly to a strong undergraduate record, future graduate school admissions and study, and post-graduate fellowships. Students interested in applying for the Raines should contact Laura Perille.


Lisa Joy Raines was a 1982 graduate of Georgetown Law School. A resident of Great Falls, Virginia, Lisa was Senior Vice President of Government Relations for the Genzyme Corporation in Washington DC, a biotechnology company. As Senior VP, Lisa worked hard to push forward patent protectors for the emerging field of cellular and gene treatments for rare diseases, and the fast tracking of promising treatments for cancer and AIDS. She worked tirelessly to ensure that the best medicines reached patients. Tragically, Lisa perished on September 11, 2001 aboard American Airlines 77, the flight that crashed into the Pentagon.


Applications for the Raines are accepted in March (the exact date will be posted in February). To apply, please email your completed application to 

A Raines application consists of the following:

  • Completed application form
  • A 1,000 word essay describing the proposed project of study, the significance of the project in relation to the field at large, your credentials for undertaking this project, and the relation of the project to your long-range goals.
  • A ten-week timeline
  • For students traveling abroad: a list of all procedures and documentation required to conduct research in foreign country (including customs regulations, travel documentation, etc.).  Please note that the Raines may not be used to fund study in a country currently on the Department of State’s Travel Warning list.
  • Résumé (no more than two pages)
  • Transcript (may be unofficial)
  • A letter of support (to be emailed separately to

Past Recipients

Since 2003 we have had 80 Raines recipients. Please use the links below to learn more about our recipients and their projects.