Getty Scholar Grants are for established scholars or individuals who have attained distinction in their fields. Recipients may be in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, where they pursue their own projects free from work-related obligations, make use of Getty collections, join their colleagues in a weekly meeting devoted to an annual research theme or the African American Art History Initiative, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty.
Applications are welcome from researchers of all nationalities who are working in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.Current Getty staff and members of their immediate family are not eligible for Scholar Grants. Recent recipients who have received a Getty Scholar award within the past three years may be removed from consideration.
Getty Scholars may be in residence from three to nine months:
- Three-month residency: September to December, January to April, April to June: $21,500
- Six-month residency: September to April, January to June: $43,000
- Nine-month residency: September to June: $65,000
Residential grants also include an office at the Getty Research Institute or the Getty Villa, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, airfare to and from Los Angeles, and an available healthcare option. 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.
Complete application materials are accepted online only. The next deadline for submission of application materials is 5:00 p.m. (PT) October 1, 2021.
Applicants are notified of the Getty Research Institute’s decision approximately six months following the deadline.
Getty Scholar Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications are evaluated based on the following: (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.