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Visiting Scholars

The Hastings Center's Visiting Scholars Program serves learning and study. Visiting scholars come to the Center from all over the world to conduct independent research on issues in or related to bioethics. We host scholars and practitioners from academia, medicine, law, and the media, as well as students pursuing degrees in the humanities, the sciences, and the professions.

The Center is located in a beautiful renovated mansion overlooking the scenic Hudson River in rural Garrison, New York, approximately 50 miles north of New York City. (Cold Spring, the nearest village, is just over 3 miles away.) Facilities at the Center include a conference room, a research library, offices for staff and visitors, a dining room and kitchen, a lounge, and a shared co-ed three bedroom apartment for visiting scholars. The Center is open weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm.

Visiting scholars are usually in residence for 2-8 weeks. During that time they make lunchtime presentations on their research and receive feedback from the research staff. All visitors are provided with a workspace, access to the Center’s Morison Library, internet access, and are also welcome to attend Hastings Center research project meetings and lunchtime presentations while in residence. Please note that The Hastings Center is not a degree-granting institution and we offer no formal courses in bioethics, nor do we award academic or CME credits.

Opportunity to become Yale-Hastings Center Visiting Scholar

Under the new Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy, visiting scholars may now apply to split their time between the Hastings Center and the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Subject to space limitations and approval, those accepted into the joint program will be provided workspace at both the Hastings Center and the Yale Center and afforded contact with scholars at both institutions. Accommodations in New Haven are available at local bed and breakfast inns, and visiting scholars will be responsible for those costs as well as the cost of transportation between the Hastings Center (Garrison, NY) and Yale (New Haven, CT). Accommodations at the Hastings Center are available as described below.

Learn more about the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy

To apply

We look for lively, interesting, and intellectually dedicated individuals who are working on significant projects. All visiting scholars must be able to work independently on their own research. Surveys and interviewing projects, whether by phone or mail, are not appropriate projects to pursue while in residence at the Center.

To apply to be a visiting scholar, please submit the following no later than one quarter before you would like to come. 
You can apply earlier.

  • Completed application form
  • Approximately 750-word proposal describing research interests & work plan for proposed stay,
  • Resume or curriculum vitae,
  • Evidence of your total family/household income if a Sussman accommodation subsidy is requested
  • Names and contact details of two references.

Although we are eager to welcome as many visiting scholars as possible; we must sometimes turn down otherwise qualified applicants for lack of space. Applications should be submitted at least or no later than one quarter in advance of the proposed stay. Decisions are made as promptly as possible.


The Center offers two accommodation options: (1) campus-style accommodation in our onsite 3-bedroom apartment for up to three visiting scholars at a time (sorry, no spouses or children) at a cost of US $200/week (utilities included); or (2) accommodation in our onsite 1-bedroom apartment (spouses welcome, no children) at a cost of US $300/week (utilities included). Visitors may also choose to make their own accommodation arrangements. One week security deposit is required upon arrival. No pets allowed.

The Phyllis and Albert Sussman Accommodation Subsidy

Most applicants should plan to fully cover all their own expenses. However, thanks to a generous gift from Phyllis and Albert Sussman, the Center offers an accommodation subsidy for a portion of the rent to a limited number of visiting scholar. Subsidies will be awarded based on need. Please submit evidence of your total household income in support of your request for an accommodation subsidy.


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