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The Getty Scholar program offers fully-funded research grants for established African and international researchers in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

In addition, Getty aims to provide more opportunities for senior-level professionals, fellows, scholars, and writers. Through the grant, researchers can explore topics that bring new knowledge and fresh perspectives to their field.

Application deadline: October 1, 2021 | 5:00 pm (PT)

Getty Scholar Program Details

The fully-funded research opportunity provides a stipend allowance of up to $65,000 per year. The value of the award will be based on the researcher’s length of stay, need, and salary. Furthermore, the Getty Scholar Program has also included an office at the Getty Research Institute or the Getty Villa for its recipients.

Other benefits include research assistance, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, airfare to and from Los Angeles, and the availability of healthcare options for international researchers.

Moreover, Getty scholars may be in residence for three to nine months. Here are the available residency options, alongside their respective dates and stipend allowances:

  • Three-month residency: $21,500 | September to December, January to April & April to June
  • Six-month residency: $43,000 | September to April & January to June
  • Nine-month residency: $65,000 | September to June
International researchers in the fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences are viable for a stipend allowance of up to $65,000 per year.| Photo credits from: Getty Research Institute Facebook page

The Getty Scholar Grants are for reputable researchers, scholars, or writers who have achieved recognition for the contribution they have made in their respective fields. Beneficiaries will be in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, where they are given the opportunity to work on their research, without scholarly commitments.

Recipients of the said grants may also utilize Getty collections, join their colleagues in a weekly meeting dedicated to the yearly research topic, and actively partake in the scholarly Getty set-up.

To know more about the program setup, please review the official Getty Scholar Grants terms and conditions.

Eligibility for the Fully-funded Research Grants

The program offers grants for Africans and other international researchers of all nationalities. Applications are welcome from researchers working in the arts, humanities, and social sciences sectors.

However, recent recipients of the Getty Scholar award within the past three years may be removed from consideration. In the same way, current Getty staff and members of their immediate families will not be qualified to apply for the said opportunity.

The Getty Scholar Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. | Photo credits from: Getty Research Institute Facebook page

Getty Scholar Program’s Selection Criteria

The grants for Africans and other international researchers are awarded on a competitive basis. This means that applicants are scored based on the following standards:

  • The application’s overall quality
  • The researcher’s past achievements
  • How the proposed project bears upon the annual research theme
  • How the project would benefit from the resources at the Getty, including its library and collections

How Can International Researchers Apply?

Interested parties are tasked to complete a Getty Scholar online application form. Africans and other international researchers must also attach the following required documents:

  • Project proposal –  Each application must include a description of the applicant’s proposed plan for study and research (not to exceed five pages, typed and double-spaced). The description should indicate (1) how the project bears upon the scholar year theme* and (2) how the project would be advanced by the resources at the Getty, including its library and collections.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Optional Writing Sample

Applicants of the fully-funded research opportunity will be notified by the Getty Research Institute’s decision at least six months after the deadline.

For more information, applicants may visit the Getty Research Institute’s official webpage announcement for the Getty Scholar Grants. On another note, inquiries about the awards should be addressed to the following:

Attn: Getty Scholar Grants
Phone: (310) 440-7374
Email: [email protected]


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