Next application deadline: November 1, 2013

Getty Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended for emerging scholars to complete work on projects related to the Getty Research Institute's annual theme. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute, where they pursue research to complete their dissertations or to expand them for publication. Fellows make use of the Getty collections, join in a weekly meeting devoted to the annual theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty.

Applications for Getty Pre- and Postdoctoral fellowships are welcome from scholars of all nationalities (please see below for GRI-NEH residency eligibility requirements).

Current Getty staff and members of their immediate family are not eligible for Pre- and Postdoctoral fellowships.

Getty Predoctoral Fellowship applicants must have advanced to candidacy by the time of the fellowship start date and should expect to complete their dissertations during the fellowship period. Successful Predoctoral Fellowship applicants who are awarded their degree after the application deadline but before the fellowship begins, or who receive their doctorate while in residence, automatically become Postdoctoral Fellows. Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants must not have received their degree earlier than 2008 (please see below for GRI-NEH residency eligibility requirements).

Getty Predoctoral Fellows are in residence for nine months from mid-September to mid-June and receive a stipend of $25,000. Getty Postdoctoral Fellows are in residence for nine months from mid-September to mid-June and receive a stipend of $30,000. Both fellowships also provide a workspace at the Getty Research Institute or the Getty Villa, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, and airfare to and from Los Angeles. These terms apply as of August 2013 and are subject to future changes.

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GRI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Getty Research Institute offers two residential Postdoctoral Fellowships, made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). These fellowships are funded by the NEH and are part of the Getty's annual scholar and fellow program.

Please note that the GRI-NEH Fellowship is identical to the Getty Postgraduate Fellowships in all but the following details:

  • Applicants must be United States citizens or foreign nationals who can document that they have lived in the U.S. for the three years immediately preceding the fellowship application deadline (from November 1, 2010);

  • Applicants must have completed all degree requirements by the application deadline;

  • The GRI-NEH Fellows are in residence for ten months from September 2014 to June 2015; and

  • The stipend for the ten-month (September to June) GRI-NEH fellowship is $42,000. The GRI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship also provides workspace, housing, and transportation comparable to other Getty fellowship programs.

  • If you are applying for the GRI-NEH Fellowship, you will indicate this selection in the application form. While you may not apply for both Getty and GRI-NEH fellowships at the same time, GRI-NEH applicants who are not selected may be considered for a Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship.

    Application Availability and Deadline for all Fellowships
    Complete application materials are now accepted through an online application process. The next deadline for these fellowships is 6:00 p.m. (PDT) on November 1, 2013.

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

    Review Process
    All fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications will be evaluated by the Getty Research Institute (or in the case the GRI-NEH Fellowship by an external selection committee of qualified scholars convened and staffed by the Getty Research Institute) based on: (1) the overall quality of the application; (2) how the proposed project bears upon the 2014-2015 annual research theme, Object - Value - Canon; (3) the applicant's past achievements; and (4) how the project would benefit from the resources at the Getty, including its library and collections.

    How To Apply
    Applicants must have access to a Web browser that allows cookies. We strongly recommend use of the the following browser versions (or later): Internet Explorer 8; Mozilla Firefox 3.6.1; Safari 5; Google Chrome 5.

    Part 1:
    Applicants are required to complete and submit the Getty Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship/GRI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship online application, which includes completing a short information section and uploading a Project Proposal, Doctoral Dissertation Plan or Abstract, Curriculum Vitae, Writing Sample, Selected Bibliography, and Confirmation Letter of Academic Status (candidacy or degree conferred) by 6:00 p.m. (PDT) November 1, 2013.

    To Begin a New Application:

    Create an account and password, log in, and begin a new application. Note: Each time you log in here you will open a new application. To complete an application you have already begun, click on the link below.

    Return to an Application in Progress:

    Log in, review your account page, and retrieve and continue an application you have already started and saved.

    Part 2:
    Applicants are required to have two confidential recommendation letters forwarded by their references via e-mail ( to the Getty Foundation. Letters must be received by November 1, 2013.

    Please address inquiries to:

    Attn: Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships/GRI-NEH Fellowship
    The Getty Foundation
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800
    Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685

    Phone: (310) 440-7374
    Fax (inquiries only): (310) 440-7703

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    VolkswagenStiftung Funding Initiative
    Post-doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at Universities and Research Institutes in the U.S.

    The Volkswagen Foundation in cooperation with the Getty Research Institute (GRI) will provide up to two post-doctoral fellowships for the 2014-2015 scholar year. The nine-month fellowships are aimed at supporting post-doctoral students based at German institutions who have finished their Ph.D. between one and no more than five years ago. All applications must pertain to the scholar year theme Object - Value - Canon. For detailed instructions on how to apply and to read more about this opportunity, please visit the VolkswagenStiftung.

    Please note that to be considered for both opportunities, an application must be submitted to both the Getty Research Institute and the VolkswagenStiftung.