Getty Scholar Grants 714 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




The Getty Foundation is inviting applications for the 2020-2021 Getty Scholar Grants from established scholars, researchers and writers who have attained distinction in their fields. Getty Scholars will be in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, where they pursue their own projects free from academic obligations, make use of Getty collections, join their colleagues in a weekly meeting devoted to an annual research theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty.

Getty Scholars may be in residence for 3 to 9 months. The 3-month residency periods are: September to December; January to March; and April to June. The 6-month residency periods are: September to March; or January to June. The 9-month residency period is from September to June.

Applicants must submit a proposal for their study and research plan, indicating how the project will bear upon the scholar year theme and how the project would be advanced by the resources at the Getty, including its library and collections.

The themes for 2020/2021 are:

  • The Fragment (Research Institute): Applicants are invited to address both the creation and reception of fragments, their mutability and mobility, and their valuation and consequence throughout history.
  • Phoenicians, Philistines, and Canaanites: The Levant and the Classical World (Villa): Scholars have to focus on the ancient cultures of the Levant and their relations with the classical world.


Scholars of the 3-month residency will receive a stipend of US$17,200. Six-month resident scholars will receive US$42,000 and 9-month resident scholars will receive US$65,000. The grant also includes an office at the Getty Research Institute or the Getty Villa, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, airfare to and from Los Angeles, and available healthcare option.


Researchers of all nationalities who are working in the arts, humanities, or social sciences are eligible to apply. They are expected to be senior-level professionals, fellows, scholars and writers who wish to pursue research on topics that bring new knowledge and fresh perspectives to their field.

Current Getty staff and members of their immediate family are not eligible for Scholar Grants. Recent recipients who have received a Getty Scholar award within the past 3 years may also be ineligible.


Applications are to be done online by 1 October 2019.

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