Scholarly Research Requests

In addition to the institution’s wide-ranging efforts in the areas of exhibitions, collections management, education, and commemoration, we conduct and support scholarly research on a range of topics related to 9/11. 

It is our policy to consider research requests from outside parties for scholarly uses such as undergraduate/graduate-level coursework, doctoral dissertations, and museum field–related professional publications. Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to accommodate all requests and priority is given to accommodate scholars (graduate students and doctoral candidates) working on topics that can benefit professional and public understanding of the implications of the events of 9/11 and professionals advancing discourse on museum field–related subjects.

Prior to submitting an application, we encourage you to review our website and in particular these resources: 

  • Due to the high volume of requests, the research application must be filled out and submitted at least 60 days prior to desired research start date. 
  • Researcher must submit a written outline of research and/or interview questions (if applicable). 
  • Researcher must obtain written permission from 9/11 Memorial & Museum staff before conducting any research either onsite or with staff through e-mail, video conference, or telephone. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum reserves the right to refuse any request at its own discretion. 
  • Upon obtaining written approval, interviews with staff may be conducted onsite, via phone or video conference, or via e-mail.
  • If visiting the 9/11 Memorial & Museum after obtaining written approval, researcher agrees to follow the 9/11 Memorial & Museum Visitor Rules & Regulations.
  • Administering surveys or questionnaires within the 9/11 Memorial Museum and on the 9/11 Memorial plaza is strictly prohibited. 
  • The researcher agrees to provide a copy of any publication drawing upon or referencing research conducted at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s review at least 60 days prior to completion/publication. Materials should be sent to
  • Upon receipt, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum will review the publication’s references to the Memorial and the Museum and will provide comments identifying and explaining any inaccuracies in such portrayal; researcher agrees to correct inaccuracies and incorporate any text changes proposed by the Memorial and Museum. 
  • Provided that the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s comments are reflected in the revised draft of the publication, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum will consent to the publication of the researcher’s publication. 
  • Researcher shall advise any third party, including publishers, publicists, or agents, of the existence of these terms to ensure that versions of the publication that have not been approved by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum are not inadvertently released to the public. 
  • Researcher will include the following statement in the cover pages, author’s declaration, or acknowledgments section of the publication: “The findings in this study reflect the analysis and sole opinions of the writer, and do not reflect the institutional perspectives of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.” 
  • In addition to properly citing 9/11 Memorial & Museum staff interviews and/or information provided by the institution, researcher agrees to provide the following credit within the publication: National September 11 Memorial & Museum. 
  • Researcher agrees to provide a copy of the completed publication to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum for its archives. 
  • Any other use of the research including, but not limited to, public release of the research or publication through additional print publications, the internet, social media, or any other media, shall require additional prior written approval from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. 
  • If the researcher receives a subpoena, discovery request, court order, or any other request or demand authorized by law seeking disclosure of information related to his/her research regarding the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the researcher agrees to immediately notify the 9/11 Memorial thereof in order to permit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum to take action regarding the request as it deems appropriate. 
  • Researcher acknowledges that because any breach of the provisions herein may cause irreparable injury to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum that cannot be adequately redressed by the payment of monetary damages, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum shall be entitled to enjoin any such threatened or continuing violation, in addition to any other legal remedies that may be available.