The next deadline to submit an application for a pre- or postdoctoral fellowship at the Getty is be October 1, 2019 (5:00 p.m. PT).
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. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, where they pursue research projects, complete their dissertations, or expand 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.
Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants who received their degree before September 1, 2015, should apply for a Getty Scholar Grant. Please see below for GRI-NEH residency eligibility requirements.
Getty Predoctoral Fellows are in residence for nine months from late-September to late-June and receive a stipend of $25,000. Getty Postdoctoral Fellows are in residence for nine months from late-September to late-June and receive a stipend of $30,000. Both fellowships also 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 makes healthcare options available. These terms apply as of July 2019 and are subject to future changes.
Please see important information about these grants, including healthcare, here.
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.
Please note that the GRI-NEH Fellowship is identical to the Getty Postdoctoral Fellowships in all but the following details:
If you are applying for the GRI-NEH Fellowship, you will indicate this selection in the application form. While you may not apply for both Getty and GRI-NEH fellowships at the same time, GRI-NEH applicants who are not selected may be considered for a Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Applicants must be United States citizens or foreign nationals who can document that they have lived in the U.S. for the three years immediately preceding the fellowship application deadline (from October 1, 2016);
Applicants must have completed all degree requirements by the application deadline;
The NEH stipend contribution for this fellowship is $5000/month for eight (8) months. The Getty stipend contribution for this fellowship is $5,000 for one (1) month. The GRI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship also provides workspace, housing, transportation, and healthcare options comparable to other Getty fellowship programs.
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 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.
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Two letters of recommendation are also required for this application (see Letters of Recommendation below).
Begin a New Application: Create or update your account and password, log in, and begin a new application.
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, 2019. 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.
Please note: Once you have created and saved an application form, be sure to return to work on the same form by selecting the "Applications: In Progress" link to return to your saved application. Otherwise, you may inadvertently create multiple versions of the same application.
Please address inquiries to:
Attn: Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships
Phone: (310) 440-7374