Submissions are now open for the Getty Scholars Program that 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.
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.
- 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
- Each application cycle has its own theme that addresses a consequential topic in the arts and humanities. The scholar cohort for that year carries out research projects that respond to this theme, which serves to bridge the various subfields and methodologies of those in residence and provides shared terrain for collaboration, connection, and exchange while also opening up new interdisciplinary conversations.
- 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.
African American Art History Initiative (AAAHI) Fellowship
- In addition to the annual theme, grants are available under the AAAHI Fellowship. This residential program provides financial support and housing to scholars who are expanding critical inquiry of African American art and its frameworks. As part of the larger scholar year cohort, AAAHI Fellows have opportunities to present their research and receive feedback from an interdisciplinary group of peers. While proposals do not have to address the concurrent annual theme, they may highlight any salient intersections with it.
- AAAHI will support two fellows to generate new knowledge in the expanding field of African American art history. Projects that propose engagement with Getty’s growing collections of archival and primary source material related to African American art history—particularly post-World War II—are welcome. However, relevance to Getty holdings is not a project requirement. We invite applications from scholars who focus on African American art and visual culture in all time periods and media and in a broad range of theoretical and methodological traditions. Applicants should indicate how their project would align with AAAHI’s aim to make African American art history more visible to the public and accessible to the scholarly community worldwide.
- Scholar Grant recipients at the Getty Center may be in residence from three to nine months and receive varying stipends:
- 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
- AAAHI Fellowships are limited to nine-month residencies and are granted $65,000 stipends for established scholars.
- The program supports early-career scholars from around the world to make substantial and original contributions to the field of art history.
- 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.
- Predoctoral Fellowship applicants should expect to complete their doctoral dissertation during the fellowship period. Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants must hold degrees that were conferred no more than five years before the start of the fellowship appointment. Degree conferral should be calculated based on the applicant’s status at the start of the fellowship period, or September 1, rather than the application date.
- After a waiting period of six years, previous Scholar Grant recipients and Predoctoral and Postdoctoral fellows are eligible to reapply to the Scholars Program.
- Applicants for the AAAHI Fellowship are not required to address the annual theme. Rather, they should describe how their projects will generate new knowledge in the field of African American art history.
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