Each year the Dean Rusk International Law Center at the University of Georgia School of Law welcomes legal academics and other experts from around the world. These visiting researchers include law school professors, postgraduate researchers, and policymakers. Typically, they will be in residence for at least one semester and no longer than an academic year. We also welcome applications for short-term research stays from doctoral researchers from our partner universities.

Preference will be given to applicants who have made plans to collaborate with a member of the University of Georgia School of Law faculty, and every visiting researcher must have a faculty sponsor while in residence. During their research stay, visiting researchers are expected to maintain contact with their faculty supervisors and make progress towards the research goals or objectives outlined in their application.

Visiting researchers may be expected to present their scholarship to students, faculty, or other members of the UGA School of Law community.

Research privileges in the Louis B. Sohn Library on International Relations and the Alexander Campbell King Law Library, as well as access to legal databases, will be provided.

Neither computer assistance nor administrative support typically will be provided to visiting researchers. Nor do such visitors typically audit courses; requests to audit on a non-credit basis may be granted, on rare occasions, only if proper university procedures are followed and with permission of the UGA School of Law registrar and the course instructor.


To be considered for acceptance, each prospective visiting researcher must complete in full the online application form, which requires payment of an application fee of $100 and uploading of the following:

  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Copy of pages of passport identifying applicant
  • In some cases, proof of English language proficiency


Visiting researchers will be required to pay the fees listed on the application form.


Because of the large number of applications received each year, the Dean Rusk International Law Center cannot accommodate everyone who seeks to become a visiting researcher.

Typically, decisions on applications will be made no earlier than September 1 and no later than April 30 in any given year. Applications will not be considered until the $100 application fee is paid.

Visiting researchers may not be in residence for more than one year.

Because the process of securing a U.S. government visa may be protracted, all prospective visiting researchers who require an international visa are urged to apply early.

Additional Information

The University of Georgia School of Law website includes detailed information about faculty members, research facilities including the Alexander Campbell King Law Library, and our Dean Rusk International Law Center.

The University of Georgia Visiting Researchers/Scholars (VRS) webpage provides useful visitor information and an overview of VRS procedures.


Dean Rusk International Law Center
Tel. +1 (706) 542-5221
Email: lawvrs@uga.edu