The deadline to apply for this grant is October 15, 2014. Due to a system transition, the link to complete your application will be not be available until September 15 at the earliest and September 30 at the latest. Please visit this web page closer to September 15 for updates.

Please prepare your materials according to the application instructions below. We strongly recommend that you gather and prepare your application materials now. In addition, you should notify your recommenders to prepare their letters. Once the link is available, it will be posted here for you to fill out a short form, upload your attachments, and send your references a link and instructions for uploading their confidential letters of recommendation.

Getty Library Research Grants provide partial, short-term support for costs relating to travel and living expenses to scholars whose research requires use of specific collections housed in the Getty Research Institute. A Library Research Grant is not a prerequisite for obtaining access to the Research Library.

Library Research Grants are intended for scholars of all nationalities and at any level who demonstrate a compelling need to use materials housed in the Research Library, and whose place of residence is more than eighty miles from the Getty Center. Projects must relate to specific items in the library collection. (To search the collections, please consult the Research Library's Search Tools and Databases.)

Library Research Grants are intended to provide partial support for costs relating to travel and living expenses. Grants range from $500 to $2,500, depending on the distance traveled. The research period may range from several days to a maximum of three months. These terms apply as of July 2014 and are subject to future changes.

Application Availability and Deadline
Complete application materials are now accepted through an online application process only. A link to the form will be available between September 15 and September 30. The next deadline for these grants is October 15, 2014.

Applicants are notified of the Research Institute's decision approximately six weeks to two months following the deadline.

Unsuccessful applicants are still welcome to use the Research Library in accordance with its access policy.

For Research Library appointments and reference assistance, please call (310) 440-7390 or contact the GRI.

Special Information on the Photo Archive
The grant selection committee welcomes applications for researchers wishing to consult the Getty Research Institute's unique resources such as the Photo Archive. The Photo Archive's two million photographs of works of art and architecture provide opportunities for original pictorial research in the fine arts, including the history of photography. For more information, visit the Photo Archive Web page.

How To Apply
Please prepare the four attachments according to the instructions below and notify your references that you will be requesting letters from them in support of this application. Once the form link is available it will be posted here and you may proceed to register, fill out a short form, upload your materials, send instructions for your letters of recommendation, and submit the application.

  1. Project Proposal (not to exceed three pages, typed and double-spaced): This statement should include a description of your proposed research project during your visit here; an explanation of your project's current state of development (that is, a new project, a work in progress, a project nearing completion); and a description of what you expect to accomplish at the Research Library. Do not include your bibliography here - see item 3 below.

  2. Curriculum Vitae

  3. Selected Bibliography of Getty Research Institute collections: Cite collections or other resources housed in the Research Library that are important to your proposed research project and that you wish to consult during your visit. Please review the Research Library's Search Tools and Databases to search for material of interest; please list citations in a recognized style manual format, such as the Chicago Manual of Style or equivalent.

    Special information regarding the use of audio/visual materials: If you wish to consult audio/visual materials, some or all of the items may require reformatting before they can be made available to you. Reformatting may take up to three months and is subject to approval based on the condition of the original materials.

    If your grant request is approved, we will submit a request for reformatting on your behalf, where necessary. However, please be aware that the subject content of the originals or the copies has not been analyzed or verified. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that the originals, or their copies, will contain the "performances" you need.

    Please provide an itemized list of all audio/visual materials you wish to consult. Since we may not be able to reformat all of the items requested, we ask that you please prioritize your list so that we can be sure that the items of greatest research value to you are completed prior to your arrival.

  4. Proposed Estimated Travel Costs: The Library Research Grants Committee requests a breakdown of your estimated expenses in order to assist it in making equitable decisions for partial support to those scholars who have been awarded grants.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: This application requires two letters of recommendation. You should notify your recommenders to prepare their letters; when you complete the form you will send them a link that will allow them to upload the recommendations.

Please address inquiries to:

Attn: Library Research Grants
The Getty Foundation
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685

Phone: (310) 440-7374
Fax (inquiries only): (310) 440-7703

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