Research Opportunities at Georgetown

There are many research opportunities available to you at Georgetown University through various departments, initiatives, fellowships, and research centers.  The list below includes many, but not all, of research experiences found on campus.  Please contact with questions.

We also encourage you to seek out a faculty member with similar research interests with which to collaborate.

Georgetown Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (GUROP)

The Georgetown Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (GUROP) offers motivated students the opportunity to learn the discipline and experience the rewards of scholarly research by working with faculty on their research projects. Students spend a minimum of 60 hours per semester/summer working with a faculty mentor on that faculty member’s research.  After the successful completion of the program, students will receive designation of their participation on their transcript.  For more information, please visit the GUROP web page.  

In addition, it is recommended that students review this link regarding best practices in writing professional e-mail before soliciting faculty mentorships.

The Lisa J. Raines Fellowship for Independent Summer Research

The Lisa J. Raines and Summer Research Fellowship is an extraordinary opportunity for Georgetown sophomores and juniors wishing to conduct independent summer research. Each recipient of a Raines or AAP will receive a total of $5000 for the summer—$2500 at the beginning of the summer and the other $2500 once the project is completed. The experience is invaluable—from creating the project, drafting the timeline, sustaining independent work, writing up the research and eventually presenting the findings. The skills gained through securing and completing a summer research grant are immeasurably helpful for a strong undergraduate record, future graduate school admissions and study, and post-graduate fellowships.

For more information, visit the Lisa J. Raines Fellowship web site or contact GOFAR.

The Mortara Fellows

The School of Foreign Service and the Mortara Center for International Studies jointly invite engaged and motivated freshmen to take part in the university’s newest research initiative. A select group of the finest students in the School of Foreign Service will have the opportunity to partner with professors as research-assistants and co-authors on complex research projects throughout their undergraduate career. 

Proseminar faculty nominate talented freshmen in their classes at the end of the students’ first semester. Once nominated, students are invited to complete an application form. A faculty panel manages the selection process, pairing students with professors with similar academic interests. If admitted, students will begin their research fellowship in February.

For more information, please visit the Mortara Fellows’ website.

Kalmanovitz Initiative

The Kalmanovitz Initiative Undergraduate Fellows Program aims to educate and empower students through institutional support of academic exploration on issues of labor and the working poor as well as through mentorship by Georgetown alumni and others in the DC community engaged in social justice work.  For more information, contact or visit the Kalmanovitz website.

Apply now for the 2019 Labor Capital Strategies Fellowship! For more information, please contact Nick Wertsch or visit the Labor Capital Strategies website.

Figge Fellows

In the 2009-2010 academic year, the Woodstock Theological Center launched its newest initiative, the John & Pat Figge Woodstock Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship. These Fellowships give several Georgetown undergraduates an opportunity to do “theological reflection on the human problems of today.” Figge Fellows are selected through a competitive process, with a goal of bringing together students from a vierty of majors and religious traditions who display a high level of academic aptitude, and a strong interest in how thelogical reflection can be applied to current issues and problems. Each Fellow receives a $500 stipend for completition of the Fellowship. For more information, visit the Figge Fellows website

Undergraduate Fellows Seminars at the Berkley Center

The Undergraduate Fellows Program combines a four-credit seminar with a collaborative research project that addresses issues at the intersection of religion, culture, society and politics. Along with the in-depth reading, writing, and dialogue typical of an upper-level seminar, student fellows conduct original research and formulate policy recommendations culminating in a written report. The program is part of the Doyle Engaging Difference Initiative.  For more information on the Undergraduate Fellows Seminars at The Berkley Center, please visit the Doyle Seminars website.

The Education and Social Justice Project: International Summer Research Fellowships at the Berkley Center and the Center for Social Justice

The project provides select students with summer research fellowships to travel abroad for in-depth examinations of innovative initiatives, with a focus on the work of Jesuit secondary and post-secondary institutions. Under faculty supervision, the students gather information through interviews, analyze best practices, and share their reports and conclusions with a wider global audience.  For more information, please see the CSJ web page

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service Program

Georgetown University has a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the CyberCorps™ Scholarship for Service Program to provide scholarships to students to earn degrees critical for cybersecurity in exchange for service in the form of employment in a governmental cybersecurity position. This national program is designed to educate the individuals who will design and protect the nation’s critical information infrastructure, define the policies, and write the laws that govern and protect this infrastructure, and educate the nation’s future generations of cybersecurity professionals.

Eligible work placements include US Government organizations in the intelligence community, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security, to name a few. It also includes Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, such as The MITRE Corporation, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Analogous agencies and organizations at the state, local, and tribal levels are also eligible.

The scholarships provide up to two years of tuition, stipend, and funds for books, travel, health insurance, and professional development. Recipients are obligated to work at an eligible cybersecurity position for a duration equivalent to the duration of their scholarship, but not less than one year. The ideal duration for scholarships is two years, although shorter periods are possible. Students with scholarships longer than one academic year must complete an internship in an appropriate governmental position. They also take classes and attend job fairs designed and offered expressly for them.

For more information, please visit the Cyber Fellows website.

Program for Jewish Civilization

A certificate or minor in Jewish civilization allows undergraduates to obtain an interdisciplinary perspective on Judaism and the Jewish people with a special emphasis on Jewish civilization and its interrelationship with other cultures.  The program is open to students both in the SFS and the College and is intended for students from all religious backgrounds, those either with a strong background in Judaism or none at all.  Students are required to to conduct research on a topic related to Jewish civilization under the supervision of a faculty member associated with the Program.  Upon completion, seniors will make a 15 minute presentation of their research at the annual senior thesis colloquium, where a prize is awarded to the outstanding paper.  For more information, please visit the PJC website or contact Barbara Wolf

Tocqueville Forum: “On the Roots of American Democracy” 

The Student Fellows program enables Georgetown undergraduate students that are strongly interested in the Tocqueville Forum more deeply to explore the themes and questions of at the heart of the American democracy. Membership is selective, and admission reflects an accomplishment. Student Fellows will be given many opportunities to learn about America’s founding principles and their roots in the Western tradition.

The Utraque Unum is the Tocqueville Forum’s undergraduate journal, written and edited primarily by student fellows. The purpose of the journal is not only to acquaint students with the tasks of serious writing and editing, but also to allow them to think through complex problems in politics, in culture, and in Georgetown University life.  For more information, please visit the Tocqueville Forum website.

The Center for Social Justice: The David F. Andretta Summer Research Fellowship

The Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service invites applications from current Georgetown University juniors for a summer research fellowship funded by the David F. Andretta, MD Explorer Fund. David Andretta (C ’99, GUMC ’04) was an adventurous soul and a true son of Georgetown. Throughout his 31 years of life, David enthusiastically explored the world. David was a loving son, husband, brother, mentor and friend known for his hard work ethic and zest for life, and his legacy will be embraced and extended by each successive fellowship recipient. Please read more about this fellowship and its past recipients here.

The fellowship is awarded annually to a Georgetown University junior who seeks to spend the summer before senior year exploring social justice issue through an academic research project. Proposals for research projects outside of the United States are highly encouraged, although applications of domestic context will be considered. The applicant must identify a faculty sponsor who is willing both to critique and recommend the research project prior to the application’s filing and to review and approve the project upon its completion.

Zukowski-Kolleng Undergraduate Research Scholarship

The Biology Department offers two undergraduate research fellowships: 1) the Zukowski Fellowship, which has been made possible through generous gift from Dr. Mark M. Zukowski, a 1971 graduate of the Biology Department at Georgetown University, and 2) the Kolleng Fellowship, which has been made possible through a generous gift from Mr. John Kolleng, a 1977 graduate of the Biology Department at Georgetown. Both Fellowships are open to Biology majors who are currently in their sophomore, junior and senior years and will provide a research award of $2,500 and up to a $1,000 living allowance.

See the Biology department website for more information.

Biology Department Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships

Please see the Biology Department’s website for more information on opportunities– not all scholarships are limited to biology majors!

Summer Opportunity for Achievement in Research (SOAR) Programs

The mission of the Summer Opportunity for Achievement in Research for Health Program (SOAR-Health) is to increase the participation of underrepresented minority (URM) trainees in Clinical and Translational Research(CTR) through engagement, recruitment, and training of well-qualified college undergraduates and pre-doctoral students in a specialized summer program.  A sister program, available only to sophomore and junior students in the Washington, DC area is the Spring/Summer Opportunity for Achievement in Research-Minority Health and Health Disparities (SOAR-MHHD) Research Internship aims to train well-qualified college undergraduates, from URM and other disparity populations, into minority health and health disparities careers.

For more information, please visit the website.

Georgetown Research Volunteers Program

Interested in participating in exciting research at Georgetown? The Georgetown Research Volunteers Program connects Georgetown students with researchers as volunteers for studies happening on campus. To participate, please go to here and click on “request an account here” on the bottom left side of the page.

Your participation could be the key to new discovery in cutting edge research happening right here at Georgetown! Contact Ashley Kempczynski at with any questions.