Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Getty Research Institute, US

Publish Date: Aug 17, 2016

Deadline: Oct 03, 2016

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.

GRI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Getty Research Institute offers two residential Postdoctoral Fellowships, made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). These fellowships are funded by the NEH and are part of the Getty's annual scholar and fellow program.

Please note that the GRI-NEH Fellowship is identical to the Getty Postdoctoral Fellowships in all but the following details:

  • Applicants must be United States citizens or foreign nationals who can document that they have lived in the U.S. for the three years immediately preceding the fellowship application deadline (from October 3, 2013);
  • Applicants must have completed all degree requirements by the application deadline;
  • GRI-NEH fellows are in residence for seven (7) months from late-September to late-March; and
  • The stipend for the GRI-NEH fellowship is $4,200 per month. The GRI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship also provides workspace, housing, transportation, and healthcare options comparable to other Getty fellowship programs.

If you are applying for the GRI-NEH Fellowship, you will indicate this selection in the application form. While you may not apply for both Getty and GRI-NEH fellowships at the same time, GRI-NEH applicants who are not selected may be considered for a Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship.


Applicants are notified of the Getty Research Institute's decision approximately six months following the deadline.

Review Process

All fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications will be evaluated by the Getty Research Institute, or in the case the GRI-NEH Fellowship by an external selection committee of qualified scholars convened and staffed by the Getty Research Institute, based on: (1) the overall quality of the application; (2) how the proposed project bears upon the annual research theme; (3) the applicant's past achievements; and (4) how the project would benefit from the resources at the Getty, including its library and collections.

How To Apply

Applicants are required to complete and submit the online Fellowship application form (which includes uploading a Project Proposal; Selected Bibliography; Doctoral Dissertation Plan or Abstract; Curriculum Vitae; Writing Sample; Confirmation letter; and any documentation required for an NEH fellowship) by the deadline.

Two letters of recommendation are also required for this application (see Letters of Recommendation below).

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  • 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: 
    1. Green Card
    2. Temporary Green Card Stamp
    3. Work Authorization Card
    4. Copy of most current visa
    5. Copy of most current visa Approval notice from USCIS


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

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