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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Scholars for Research Residencies

Getty Scholar Grants


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/02/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $65,000 to USA, Canada, and International scholars and professionals in the social sciences, humanities, or arts for a three to nine-month residency. The theme for the current cycle is extinction. In addition, a fellowship related to the study of African American art will be offered. The residency takes place in Los Angeles, California.

The Getty Scholars Program 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. While 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.

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. 

For additional information on AAAHI, see the Full Grant Text RFP link. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
A mix of senior scholars and junior fellows are selected for the Scholars Program cohort.

Scholar Grants for established researchers and professionals who have held PhDs.

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.

Since 1985, the Getty Scholars Program has hosted nearly 1,500 residential scholars from over fifty countries to conduct research on topics related to the annual theme while residing in Los Angeles.

Applicants who received their degree after September 1, 2020 are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information
Applications will open on July 1, 2023 and close on October 2, 2023.

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

Grant Terms:

Number of Grants
About twenty applicants annually are awarded fellowships; two fellows for the African American Art History Initiative Fellowship

Estimated Size of Grant
- Three-month residency: $21,500
- Six-month residency: $43,000
- Nine-month residency: $65,000

See the overview of the Getty Residential Scholar and Fellow Program for further details about stipends, housing, healthcare, and more:

Term of Contract
Getty Scholars may be in residence from three to nine months:

- Three-month residency: September to December, January to March
- Six-month residency: September to March, January to June
- Nine-month residency: September to June

Contact Information
Online application portal:

Please address inquiries to the following:

Attn: Getty Scholar Grants
Phone: (310) 440-7374

The Getty Foundation
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800
Los Angeles, California 90049-1685

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