Getty Scholars Program for Researchers

The Getty Scholars Program supports researchers in advancing knowledge of the arts and humanities and producing cutting-edge scholarship that contributes to the understanding and preservation of cultural heritage.

While in residence, scholars have the opportunity to spend significant time at one of the world’s premier art history collections while contributing to an international community committed to intellectual exploration and exchange. Scholars may be in residence at the Getty Center or Getty Villa.

Program Structure

A mix of senior scholars and junior fellows are selected for the Scholars Program cohort. The cohort’s research projects are focused on an annual theme. The three main grant categories are:

  • Scholar Grants for established researchers and professionals who have held PhDs for at least 5 years and/or possess strong records of publication and professional activity, at the Getty Center or Getty Villa.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships for recently granted PhDs at the Getty Center or Getty Villa.
  • Predoctoral Fellowships for PhD candidates at the Getty Center.

Annual Theme: Extinction

The arts have the capacity to mitigate against cultural loss by visualizing, capturing, and interpreting aspects of the fleeting, the ephemeral, and the unrecoverable. In this moment of extreme environmental decay and monumental epidemic loss, the Getty Scholars Program invites applications on the pressing topic of extinction and its bearing on the visual arts and cultural heritage.

Scholars are asked to contemplate how representational practices are deployed to cope with the precarious survival of plants, animals, and humans; the ever-present specter of species-level extinction and resource exhaustion; and, at the most extreme pole, the brutality of mass atrocity.

On another level, atrophy, decay, and obsolescence constitute the temporal dimensions of certain artistic practices, especially as creative approaches, technologies, media, formats, and ideals become outmoded or superseded. The finality of disappearance may also portend a certain amount of hope for rebirth, innovation, or recovery.

This year’s theme welcomes research topics that explore that which is lost, but also the urgent impulse toward preservation and permanence. Beyond loss, destruction, or mortality, the topic also seeks to explore the creative and productive possibilities that extinction may enable.

Benefits of Getty Getty Scholars Program

Scholar Grant recipients at the Getty Center may be in residence from three to nine months and receive varying stipends as detailed below:

  • Three-month residency: September–December/January–March; $21,500 stipend.
  • Six-month residency: September–March/January–June; $43,000 stipend.
  • Nine-month residency: September–June; $65,000 stipend.

Requirements for Getty Getty Scholars Program Qualification

  • Scholar Grant applicants should have received a PhD before September 1, 2020.
  • Applicants from associated fields who do not hold a PhD but have commensurate professional experience will also be considered.
  • Applicants who received their degree after September 1, 2020 should apply for a Postdoctoral Fellowship.

How To Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Getty Foundation on to apply

Applications open on July 1, 2023 and close on October 2, 2023. Applicants need to complete and submit the online Getty Scholar Grant application form by the deadline, which requires the following attachments:

  • Project Proposal (not to exceed five pages, typed and double-spaced): Must include a description of the applicant’s proposed plan of study. The description should indicate how the project addresses the annual theme and how it would benefit from the resources at the Getty, including its library and collections.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Optional Writing Sample

For more details, visit Getty website on

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