Research Opportunities

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 gofar@georgetown.edu with any questions.

We also highly 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. 

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 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 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. 

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.

Figge Fellows

The John & Pat Figge Woodstock Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship gives 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 variety of majors and religious traditions who display a high level of academic aptitude and a strong interest in how theological reflection can be applied to current issues.

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 Education and Social Justice Project: International Summer Research Fellowships

The Education and Social Justice 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.

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service Program

Through the CyberCorps™ Scholarship for Service Program, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has partnered with Georgetown University 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.

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. 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.

Tocqueville Forum: “On the Roots of American Democracy”

The Tocqueville 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 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. 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.

Biology Department Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships

The Biology Department offers the Zukowski Fellowship and the Kolleng Fellowship 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.

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

BSFS Circumnavigator Grant

The Circumnavigators Club Foundation and the SFS sponsor a student for a 90-day summer research trip. One member of the SFS junior class is awarded a $9,000 Raymond Dinsmore Fellowship to undertake an around-the-world research project to explore an international problem or issue to generally contribute to our understanding of world conditions.

Center for Latin American Studies: International Internship/Travel Research Grants

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) fund research and international internships in Latin America. The program strives to complement students’ academic experiences during the school year by financially supporting students’ research and professional development.

Provost Undergraduate Research Presentation Awards (PURPAs)

PURPAs provides funds for undergraduates who want to extend their undergraduate research efforts beyond the Georgetown campus in either traditional or innovative ways, in the form of conference presentations, publications, or performances.

Provost Undergraduate Research Council (PURC)

PURC is a faculty-undergraduate student council formed to guide and promote undergraduate research. The Council (1) helps coordinate and promote undergraduate research opportunities; (2) assists students and their mentors in conducting research on and off campus and in compliance with Georgetown and federal policies and procedures (e.g., GUACUC, IRB, minority policy); (3) develops priority areas for supporting undergraduate research; and, (4) showcases undergraduate research at scheduled conferences, symposia, workshops, etc. (5) helps to facilitate funding for undergraduate research and related activities.