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 or the African American Art History Initiative. Recipients may be in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, where they pursue research projects, complete their dissertations, or expand their 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. 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 application deadline 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.
Getty Predoctoral Fellowships are for nine months from late September to late June and receive a stipend of $30,000. Getty Postdoctoral Fellowships are for nine months from late September to late June and receive a stipend of $35,000. Both fellowships may 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 healthcare options. These terms apply as of June 2021 and the terms and length of grants are subject to change. Health and safety guidelines for grantees may also be imposed.
- Applicants must have completed their degree prior to the application deadline. This includes defending the dissertation;
- The NEH stipend contribution for this fellowship is $5,000/month for eight (8) months, and the Getty stipend contribution for this fellowship is $5,000 for one (1) month, totaling $45,000 over the nine-month fellowship. The GRI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship also provides a workspace, housing, transportation, and healthcare options.
- 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.
While you may not apply for both Getty and GRI-NEH fellowships at the same time, GRI-NEH applicants who are not selected will also be considered for a Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship. Please note that AAAHI Fellowship applicants are not eligible to apply for the GRI-NEH Fellowship.
Applicants are notified of the Getty Research Institute’s decision approximately six months following the deadline.
All fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications will be evaluated 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.
*Applicants for the AAAHI Fellowship are not required to work on the annual theme, but rather should describe their focus on African American art and cultural history.
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 residency documentation required for an NEH fellowship) by the deadline.
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 5:00 p.m. (PT) on October 1, 2021. 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.