Conservation Guest Scholars

Application period for 2018–2019 scholar residencies is open. Deadline to apply is November 1, 2017.

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Through its Conservation Guest Scholar program, the Getty Conservation Institute supports research and the infusion of new ideas and knowledge into the practice of conservation. Since it was established in 2000, the Conservation Guest Scholar program has hosted professionals pursuing research on a wide range of theoretical, scientific, and practical issues relating to the conservation of museum collections, historic and modern architecture, archaeological sites, and cultural landscapes. The diversity of research topics and the broad array of experiences represented by past Conservation Guest Scholars have enriched the Institute's own work while adding new knowledge and thinking to the field.

The Guest Scholar program aims to fill a perceived need for opportunities for senior-level professionals to pursue research on topics that can bring new knowledge and fresh perspectives to the field. As Guest Scholars, established conservators, scientists, architects, and professionals in related fields carry out scholarly research during their tenure at the GCI. While in residence, Conservation Guest Scholars participate with other Getty scholars, fellows, and interns in the intellectual life of the Getty, making use of research collections at the Getty Center and Villa, and in the greater Los Angeles area.

Conservation Guest Scholars are in residence for either three or six consecutive months between late September and June each year. The residency grant includes a stipend, a workstation at the Conservation Institute, research assistance, airfare to and from Los Angeles, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, and health benefits.

Each year, the GCI selects scholars from a highly competitive international pool of applicants. Applications are welcome from established professionals of all nationalities who have attained distinction in conservation and allied fields. Applicants should have at least five years' experience working in the field and an established record of publications and other contributions to the field.

Proposals for lab-based research requiring the assistance of GCI Science staff and the use of laboratories will be considered but are contingent upon the availability of facilities and personnel. Scholars whose research is dependent on access to the labs should be equipped to carry out most of their work independently, including the preparation of samples.

While Scholars may request access to the Getty's collections for research purposes, sampling and other invasive activities are not possible. Proposals for research that contributes to a PhD or other academic degree will not be considered.

2017—2018 Conservation Guest Scholars

José Rodrigues
Independent Scholar, Portugal
"Conservation of Granite in Built Heritage"
September–December 2017

Glenn Wharton
Museum Studies, New York University
"Beyond Material: Issues in the Conservation of Contemporary Art"
September–December 2017

Mary Kerrigan
Independent scholar, Northern Ireland
"A City Reshaped by the Politics of Peace; Learning for Places Resolving Division and Conflict"
January–March 2018

Paulo Lourenco
University of Minho, Portugal
"Conservation of Heritage Masonry Structures"
January–June 2018

Mona Jimenez
Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, New York University
"Conservation Surveys for Time-Based Media Art Collections"
January–March 2018

Cristina Menegazzi
UNESCO Beirut Office
"Palmyra: From Vandalism and Iconoclasm to a New Vision for Preservation and Museology"
April–June 2018

Katharine Whitman
Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada
"The History and Conservation of Glass-Supported Photographs"
April–June 2018


GCI Professional Fellowships

GCI Professional Fellowships provide emerging practitioners with three-year fellowships to build and strengthen their skills and experience as conservation professionals, while working under the guidance of experienced GCI staff. GCI Professional Fellows participate in the ongoing work of the GCI as full members of the Getty's professional community.

2017–2020 Professional Fellows

Ana Paula Gonçalves, Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative
Jing Han, Characterization of Asian and European Lacquers


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science

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The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science is a two-year program designed to provide recent PhD recipients in chemistry and the physical sciences with experience in conservation science.

2017–2019 Postdoctoral Fellow
Nathan Daly, Technical Studies

Past Postdoctoral Fellows



Graduate Internships at the Getty Conservation Institute

Application period for 2018–2019 graduate internships is open. Deadline to apply is November 1, 2017.

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Graduate internships support full-time positions for students or recent graduates who intend to pursue careers in fields related to the visual arts. The GCI offers twelve-month residences in the Buildings and Sites, Collections, and Science departments. Graduate internships are open to applicants of all nationalities who are either currently enrolled in a graduate program leading to an advanced degree in a field relevant to the internship(s) for which they are applying or who have recently completed a relevant graduate degree.

2017–2018 Graduate Interns

Melissa David
University of Turin
Technical Studies

Nicole Declet
University of Pennsylvania
Earthen Architecture Initiative and Seismic Retrofitting

Beatriz Fonseca de Mendonça
Durham University
Technical Studies

Alison Reilly
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
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Giulia Russo
University of Turin
Herculaneum

Emma Ziraldo
University of Turin
Managing Collection Environments Initiative

Page updated: July 2017