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Visiting Scholars

Visiting scholars come to The Hastings Center from all over the world to conduct independent research on bioethics. We host scholars and practitioners from academia, medicine, law, and the media, as well as postgraduate students pursuing degrees in the humanities, the sciences, and the professions. The Emily Murray Student Scholarship offers selected undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue independent research in bioethics at The Hastings Center.

The Hastings Center is located in a mid-19th century country house overlooking the scenic Hudson River in rural Garrison, N.Y., approximately 50 miles north of New York City. Visiting scholars have access to The Hastings Center’s research library, dining room, kitchen, and lounge weekdays from 9 am-5 pm, and have full access to the Center’s extensive grounds, which are close to excellent hiking trails. Cold Spring, the nearest village, is about three miles north of The Hastings Center and there is hourly local train service between Grand Central Terminal and Garrison.

Most visiting scholars are in residence for two to eight weeks and stay in one of The Hastings Center’s on-site apartments (see accommodations, below). During their residencies, visiting scholars give work-in-progress presentations and other informal lunchtime talks on their research, and receive feedback from The Hasting Center’s research scholars. Visiting scholars are also welcome to observe Hastings Center research project meetings that take place while they are in residence and to participate in lunchtime talks given by other visiting scholars or by staff research scholars.

Application Criteria and Process

We look for lively, interesting, and intellectually dedicated individuals at all levels of their careers who are working on significant projects. All visiting scholars must be able to work independently.

Surveys, interviewing, and other data collection projects, whether by phone or mail, are not appropriate projects to pursue while in residence at The Hastings Center.

The Hastings Center is not a degree-granting institution. We offer no formal courses in bioethics, nor do we award academic or continuing education credits.

Applications should be submitted at least three months before the start date of a proposed stay.

For inquiries, please contact us: visitors@thehastingscenter.org; (845) 424-4040, ext. 203; Visiting Scholar Program, The Hastings Center, 21 Malcolm Gordon Road, Garrison, N.Y. 10524, U.S.A.

Accommodations, Fees, and Typical Expenses

The Hastings Center offers two on-site self-catering options, both with work space and internet access:

  • Campus-style accommodation in a three-bedroom apartment for up to three visiting scholars (no spouses/partners), at a per person cost of U.S. $200 per week, utilities included
  • One-bedroom private apartment (spouse/partner welcome) at a cost of U.S. $300 per week, utilities included

Accommodations are rented on a weekly basis; the minimum rental is one week. A security deposit of one week is required upon arrival.

Children, guests, and animals cannot be accommodated in the visiting scholar apartments.

Partial subsidy of accommodation costs may be available through the Phyllis and Albert Sussman Fund. Preference is given to applicants who are postgraduate students or professionals with limited access to research support.

While most visiting scholars stay on-site, visitors can choose to stay off-site and commute to the Center.

Visiting scholars are responsible for their own expenses, which, in addition to the cost of accommodations, typically include travel to and from The Hastings Center, groceries, and meals. Visiting scholars with cars can park at The Hastings Center at no cost, and visiting scholars without cars can arrange with staff to be taken to Cold Spring to shop for groceries.

Yale-Hastings Center Visiting Scholar Program

Visiting scholars can apply to divide their period of residence between The Hastings Center and the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Accommodations in New Haven are available at bed and breakfast inns. Visiting scholars who take part in the joint program are responsible for their expenses at both institutions and for transportation between The Hastings Center and Yale. For more information, see the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy.