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.
2018—2019 Conservation Guest Scholars
Olga Gago Muñiz
Santiago Cathedral Foundation, Spain
"The Great Challenge at Worship Sites: Conserving Their Material Dimension While Also Preserving Their Intangible Heritage"
Darius A. Arya
American Institute for Roman Culture, Italy
"The Role of New Media for Heritage Preservation and Promotion: Successful Storytelling, Best Practices, and Tools for Tangible Results"
Independent scholar, United Kingdom
"The Communication of Uncertainty in Cultural Heritage Management"
Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, Rome
"CA GraDoCo–Computer Aided Graphic Documentation for Conservation: Bibliographic Review and Analysis of Best Practices, Standards and Customization (1997/2007/2017)"
Mario Eduardo Santana Quintero
Carleton University, Ottawa
"Ethical Principles for the Application of Digital Workflows in Heritage Conservation"
Nancy J. Bell
The National Archives, Kew, and Visiting Researcher, Northumbria University, United Kingdom
"Building Better Bridges: Translating Heritage Science Research"
Stephen J. Farneth
Architectural Resources Group, San Francisco
"Earthquake Disaster Recovery in Heritage Towns: Comparative Survey of Past Experience and Observations for an Improved Conservation-Focused Recovery Process"
University of Gothenburg, Sweden
"Perceptions of Cleaning in Museums"
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
Annelies Cosaert, Managing Collection Environments
Ana Paula Gonçalves, Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative
Jing Han, Characterization of Asian and European Lacquers
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science
The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science is a two-year program designed to provide recent PhDs in chemistry and other physical or material sciences with experience in conservation science.
The 2019–2021 Postdoctoral Fellow will be an integral part of GCI Science's Preventive Conservation and Modern and Contemporary Art research initiatives. The fellowship runs from September 2019 to August 2021. In addition to an annual stipend, the fellow will be provided an annual study trip allowance and generous benefits including travel to and housing in Los Angeles, and full health benefits.
2017–2019 Postdoctoral Fellow
Nathan Daly, Technical Studies
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.
2018–2019 Graduate Interns
University of Bologna, Italy
Building Capacity in Scientific Imaging for Technical Studies Research
Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal
Earthen Architecture Initiative and Seismic Retrofitting Project
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin, Germany
Managing Collection Environments Initiative
University of Bologna, Italy
Preservation of Plastics, Modern and Contemporary Art
Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative
Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
Built Heritage Research Initiative
Page updated: November 2018