Conservation Guest Scholars
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science
Graduate Internships at the Getty Conservation Institute

Conservation Guest Scholars
(Application period is closed.)

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Through its Conservation Guest Scholar program, the Getty Conservation Institute supports research and the infusion of new ideas and knowledge into the practice of conservation. Since it was established in 2000, the Conservation Guest Scholar program has hosted professionals pursuing research on a wide range of theoretical, scientific, and practical issues relating to the conservation of museum collections, historic and modern architecture, archaeological sites, and cultural landscapes. The diversity of research topics and the broad array of experiences represented by past GCI Guest Scholars have enriched the Institute's own work while adding new knowledge and thinking to the field.

The Guest Scholar program aims to fill a perceived need for opportunities for senior-level professionals to pursue research on topics that can bring new knowledge and fresh perspectives to the field. As Guest Scholars, established conservators, scientists, and professionals in related fields carry out scholarly research during their tenure the GCI. While in residence, Conservation Guest Scholars participate with other Getty scholars, fellows, and interns in the intellectual life of the Getty, making use of research collections at the Getty Center and Villa, and in the greater Los Angeles area.

Conservation Guest Scholars are in residence for either three or six consecutive months between late September and June each year. The residency grant includes a stipend, a workstation at the Conservation Institute, research assistance, airfare to and from Los Angeles, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, and health benefits.

Each year, the GCI selects scholars from a highly competitive international pool of applicants. Applications are welcome from established professionals of all nationalities who have attained distinction in conservation and allied fields. Applicants should have at least five years experience working in the field and an established record of publications and other contributions to the field.

Please note that proposals for lab-based research requiring use of GCI Science staff and laboratories will be considered but are contingent upon the availability of lab facilities and personnel. Scholars should be equipped to carry out most of their own lab research, including the preparation of samples.

While Scholars may request access to the Getty's collections for research purposes, sampling and other interventive activities are not possible.

Proposals for research that contributes to a PhD or other academic degree will not be considered.

General information and full terms of the Conservation Guest Scholars program are available on the Getty Foundation website.


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2013–2014 Conservation Guest Scholars

The Getty Conservation Institute is pleased to welcome the 2013–14 Conservation Guest Scholars, who will be in residence at the GCI starting in September 2013.

David Bourgarit, Head of the Metal Group. Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France, Paris. "A technical database on French bronze sculpture: Design and data analysis," April–June 2014

Francesca Merrick Esmay, Conservator, Panza Collection. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. "Research on the methods and materials of two American artists: Dan Flavin (1933-1996) and John Chamberlain (1927–2011)," January–March, 2014

Filiz Kuvvetli, Senior Conservator. The Art Conservation Center, Copenhagen, Denmark. "The colour of Functionalism," January–March, 2014

Ruven Lucio Saravana Pillay, Research Scientist. Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France, Paris. "Computational image analysis and visualization for art conservation," April–June, 2014

Paul Schwartzbaum, Independent scholar; formerly Senior Technical Advisor and Conservator for Museum Construction and Overseas Exhibitions, Guggenheim Foundation, New York. "The history and potential downside of preventive conservation in the exhibition of works of art," September–December, 2013

Marianne Elizabeth Webb, Conservator, Webb Conservation Services, Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia, Canada. "Understanding the discoloration of Asian lacquer," January–June 2014

Gregory Cyril Young, Independent scholar, Sydney, Australia. "Building capacity in cultural sustainability: A shared model for conservation, sustainability, and culture," April –June, 2014

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science
(Application period is closed.)

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The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science is a two-year program designed to provide recent PhD recipients in chemistry and the physical sciences with experience in conservation science.

Applications for the 2015–2017 post-doctoral fellowship will be available in fall 2014. Application materials and full terms of the postdoctoral program will be found on the Getty Foundation website.

Current and Past Postdoctoral Fellows in Conservation Science

Alessa Gambardella
, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Collections Research Laboratory, GCI Science.

Andrew Lerwill
, PhD, Nottingham Trent University. Museum Lighting, GCI Science (activation spectra and reciprocity of selected colorants).

Emma Richardson
, PhD, University of Southampton. Modern and Contemporary Art Research Initiative, GCI Science (plastics characterization and deterioration).

Catherine Schmidt
, PhD, Northwestern University. Collections Research Laboratory, GCI Science (fourteenth-century Florentine manuscript illuminations and panel paintings by Pacino di Bonaguida).

Carrie Brindle
, PhD, University of California, Irvine. Canvas Staining and Modern Paints projects, GCI Science.

Graduate Internships at the Getty Conservation Institute

Graduate internships support full-time positions for students or recent graduates who intend to pursue careers in fields related to the visual arts. The GCI offers twelve-month residences in the Education, Field Projects, and Science departments. Graduate internships are open to applicants of all nationalities who are either currently enrolled in a graduate program leading to an advanced degree in a field relevant to the internship(s) for which they are applying or who have recently completed a relevant graduate degree.

Application materials and full terms of the 2015–2016 program will be available in Fall 2014.

2013-2014 Graduate Interns

Julie Shih Chu Chang
University College London
GCI Projects: China Principles, Wall Paintings at Mogao Grottoes, and Characterization of Asian and European Lacquers

Mesut Dinler
Middle East Technical University, Ankara
GCI Project: Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative

Annabel Lee Enriquez
University of Southern California
GCI Project: Arches Project

Elena Macchioni
University of Genoa, Italy
GCI Project: Earthen Architecture Initiative

José Santiago Pozo-Antonio
University of Vigo, Spain
GCI Project: MOSAIKON: Alternative Backing Methods and Materials

Samuel Edward Whittaker
Courtauld Institute of Art, London
GCI Project: Conservation and Management of the Tomb of Tutankhamen

Last updated: March 2014