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 Conservation 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, architects, and professionals in related fields carry out scholarly research during their tenure at 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.
Proposals for lab-based research requiring the assistance of GCI Science staff and the use of laboratories will be considered but are contingent upon the availability of facilities and personnel. Scholars whose research is dependent on access to the labs should be equipped to carry out most of their work independently, including the preparation of samples.
While Scholars may request access to the Getty's collections for research purposes, sampling and other invasive activities are not possible. Proposals for research that contributes to a PhD or other academic degree will not be considered.
2019—2020 Conservation Guest Scholars
University of Novi Sad, Serbia
"Preserving the industrial past"
W. Brent Seales
University of Kentucky, Lexington
"Conservation as data science: Digital restoration, virtual unwrapping, and the quest to read the invisible library"
September 2019–March 2020
Susanna Caccia Gherardini
University of Florence, Italy
"Villa Savoye restoration works (1965-2020): a case-study to investigate theories, methodologies and techniques for the preservation of Modern Architecture "
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
"Heritage manual for the conservation of African Modernist buildings and structures"
Silvia Fernandez Cacho
Andalusian Historical Heritage Institute, Seville, Spain
"Cultural landscapes recording and documentation: Theories, methods and techniques"
University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, United Kingdom
"Microscopy of historic building materials: Theory, practice and education"
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
"The value of losses in works of art"
GCI Professional Fellowships
GCI Professional Fellowships provide emerging practitioners with three-year fellowships to build and strengthen their skills and experience as conservation professionals, while working under the guidance of experienced GCI staff. GCI Professional Fellows participate in the ongoing work of the GCI as full members of the Getty's professional community.
2017–2020 Professional Fellows
Annelies Cosaert, Managing Collection Environments
Ana Paula Gonçalves, Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative
Jing Han, Characterization of Asian and European Lacquers
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science
The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science is a two-year program designed to provide recent PhDs in chemistry and other physical or material sciences with experience in conservation science.
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 Buildings and Sites, Collections, 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.
2019–2020 Graduate Interns
Wuhan University, China
Characterization of Asian and European Lacquers
Heritage Matters, India
Earthen Architecture Initiative and Seismic Retrofitting Project
Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de La Cambre, Belgium
Cleaning of Gilded Surfaces
Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin, Germany
Modern and Contemporary Art Research-Preservation of Plastics
Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
Collections Research Laboratory-Technical Studies Research
Universidad del Museo Social Argentino, Buenos Aires
Preservation of Plastics-Disney Animation Cels
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
The Courtauld Institute of Art, United Kingdom
Wall Paintings Conservation
Università degli studi Roma Tre, Italy
Bagan Documentation and Structural Monitoring
Museo delle Culture, Italy and Universiteit Maastrickt, Netherlands
Managing Collection Environments
Page updated: September 2019