Getty Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended for emerging scholars to complete work on projects related to the Getty Research Institute’s annual theme. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute, where they pursue research to complete their dissertations or to expand them 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 (please see below for information on the GRI-NEH residency requirements). Getty Predoctoral Fellowship applicants must have advanced to candidacy by the time of the fellowship start date 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 must not have received their degree earlier than 2006.
Worth of Awards
Getty Predoctoral Fellows are in residence for nine months from mid-September to mid-June and receive a stipend of $25,000. Getty Postdoctoral Fellows are in residence for nine months from mid-September to mid-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, and airfare to and from Los Angeles. These terms apply as of September 2011 and are subject to future changes.
GRI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship
This year the Getty Research Institute will provide two new residential Postdoctoral Fellowships, made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). These fellowships are funded by the NEH but are part of the Getty’s annual scholar and fellow program.
Please note that the GRI-NEH Fellowship is identical to the Getty Postgraduate Fellowships in all but the following details:

  • 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 November 1, 2008);
  • The GRI-NEH Fellows are in residence for ten months from September 2012 to June 2013; and
  • The stipend for the ten-month (September to June) GRI-NEH fellowship is $42,000, inclusive of contribution to healthcare coverage. The GRI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship also provides workspace, housing, and transportation comparable to other Getty fellowship programs.

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.
Deadline: 5:00 pm PST on November 1, 2011. Complete application materials are now accepted through an online application process. Applicants are notified of the Getty Research Institute’s decision approximately six months following the deadline.
Review Process
Getty Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications will be evaluated by the Getty Research Institute (or in the case the GRI-NEH Fellowship by an external selection committee of qualified scholars convened and staffed by the Getty Research Institute) based on: (1) the overall quality of the application; (2) how the proposed project bears upon the 2012-2013 annual research theme, Color; (3) the applicant’s past achievements; and (4) how the project would benefit from the resources at the Getty, including its library and collections.
How To Apply
Part 1:
Applicants are required to complete and submit the online Getty Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship application form, which includes completing an online information form and uploading a Project Proposal, Doctoral Dissertation Plan or Abstract, Curriculum Vitae, Writing Sample, Selected Bibliography, and Confirmation Letter of Academic Status (candidacy or degree conferred) by 5:00 p.m. PST, November 1, 2011.
Part 2:
Applicants are required to have two confidential recommendation letters forwarded by their recommenders via e-mail ([email protected]) to the Getty Foundation by November 1, 2011.
To read more about the fellowships, click here.
To begin your application online, click here.