How to Apply
The majority of the Getty Foundation's grants for institutions and organizations are awarded through special initiatives focused on a specific issue or region. In a number of cases, applications are by invitation rather than through open competition.
The Getty Foundation supports institutions and individuals committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world. We do this through grant initiatives that increase access to museum collections, strengthen art history as a global discipline, advance conservation practice, and support current and future leaders in the visual arts. We carry out our work in collaboration with the other Getty programs—the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, and the Getty Conservation Institute. Since 1984, we have awarded nearly 7,000 grants benefiting over 180 countries on all seven continents.
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Getty Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships
Getty Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended for emerging scholars to complete work on projects related to the Getty Research Institute's annual research theme. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, where they pursue research projects, complete their dissertations, or expand dissertation for publication. Fellows make use of the Getty collections, join in a weekly meeting devoted to the annual theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty.
Applications for Getty Pre- and Postdoctoral fellowships are welcome from scholars of all nationalities (please see below for GRI-NEH residency eligibility requirements).
Current Getty staff and members of their immediate family are not eligible for Pre- and Postdoctoral fellowships.
Getty Predoctoral Fellowship applicants must have advanced to candidacy by the time of the fellowship start date and should expect to complete their dissertations during the fellowship period. Successful Predoctoral Fellowship applicants who are awarded their degree after the application deadline but before the fellowship begins, or who receive their doctorate while in residence, automatically become Postdoctoral Fellows. To be eligible to apply for the 2017-2018 scholar year, Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants should not have received their degree earlier than 2012 (please see below for GRI-NEH residency eligibility requirements).
Getty Predoctoral Fellows are in residence for nine months from late-September to late-June and receive a stipend of $25,000. Getty Postdoctoral Fellows are in residence for nine months from late-September to late-June and receive a stipend of $30,000. Both fellowships also provide a workspace at the Getty Research Institute or the Getty Villa, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, airfare to and from Los Angeles, and makes healthcare options available. These terms apply as of August 2016 and are subject to future changes.
Begin a New Application
Create or update your account and password, log in, and begin a new application. You may return to your work at any time by visiting the portal at the link above and logging into your account.
Please note: Once you have created and saved an application form, be sure to return to work on the same form by selecting the "Applications: In Progress" link to return to your saved application. Otherwise, you may inadvertently create multiple versions of the same application.
- Project Proposal: Each application must include a description of the applicant's proposed plan for study and research (not to exceed five pages, typed and double-spaced). The description should indicate (1) how the project bears upon the scholar year theme and (2) how the project would be advanced by the resources at the Getty, including its library and collections.
- Selected Bibliography (not to exceed two pages, typed and single-spaced): cite scholarly works, other than your own, that are important to the project and the place the project in its intellectual framework.
- Doctoral Dissertation Plan or Abstract (maximum two pages).
- Curriculum Vitae
- Writing Sample: Each applicant should submit one writing sample (not more than twenty-five pages, typed and double-spaced).This may be a sample of the dissertation and should best represent the applicant's methodological concerns.
- Confirmation letter (a scan of this letter is acceptable): Predoctoral applicants must submit a letter from their academic institution confirming that they have passed their qualifying exams and have been advanced to candidacy. Postdoctoral applicants must submit confirmation from their academic institution that their doctorates have been awarded. NEH postdoctoral fellowship applicants must have completed all degree requirements by the application deadline.
- Documentation of U.S. residency (required by foreign nationals applying for the GRI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship only). This includes a copy of your passport and a copy of one of the following documents:
Temporary Green Card Stamp
Work Authorization Card
Copy of most current visa
Copy of most current visa Approval notice from USCIS
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: As part of this application you will request that two confidential letters of recommendation be forwarded by your recommenders through the system by 11:59 p.m. (PST) on October 3, 2016. You will be prompted to enter the names and emails of your references as you fill out the application form. A link will then be sent to them automatically that will allow them to upload their confidential recommendations. Recommenders should attach a scanned original letter to the e-mail. Once you request this information you will be able to monitor your account to confirm that the letters have been submitted.
Please address inquiries to the following:
Attn: Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships/GRI-NEH Fellowship
Phone: (310) 440-7374
For more information click "Further official information" below.