Guest Scholars Program

The GHI guest scholar program is designed to give visiting scholars a base for their independent research in either Washington, DC or at the GHI’s branch office at the University of California, Berkeley (GHI PRO). Guest scholars should work in fields related to the GHI’s research foci and be interested in engaging in the scholarly community based at the GHI. The GHI is particularly interested in scholars who could engage with the community of scholars working in the history of knowledge (with a focus on migrant knowledge) and digital history. 

The guest scholar program is intended primarily for scholars who have completed their dissertation and other advanced scholars who are based in North America or Europe. Guest Scholars are expected be self- or third party-financed and can apply for stays anywhere between one month and one year. Scholars are responsible for covering their own travel and living costs, as well as any fees related to their visa. Foreign nationals must be eligible to travel to the U.S.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. To inquire about becoming a GHI guest scholar, please send a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, a project description (no more than 2,000 words), a research schedule for the stay in the United States (including your proposed dates), and details about of your funding to

Visa Requirements

Guest scholars who are conducting their own research and are self-financed can travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (country-specific restrictions apply) for up to 90 days, provided they possess an e-passport and an approved authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Guest Scholars who are staying longer than 90 days or cannot travel under the Visa Waiver Program will require a non-immigrant visa to travel to the U.S. 

Available Facilities

Guest scholars in Washington will be provided space in the library reading room and given access to the GHI’s library resources. Scholars are also encouraged to engage with the academic community at the GHI by participating in the institute’s research seminar, colloquium, and other events.