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, 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.
2015–2016 Conservation Guest Scholars
Alain Colombini, Independent Scholar: "The Use of Spray Paints by Street Art Artists and the Relevant Implications in Conservation"
Margaret Holben Ellis, Eugene Thaw Professor of Paper Conservation at the Conservation CenterInstitute of Fine Arts, New York: "A Comprehensive Literature Review in Support of "Multiple Originals or Original Multiples: Jean Dubuffet's Imprints"
David Hallam, Independent Scholar: "The Characterization and Conservation of Oxide Coatings on Modern Metals"
Maria Isabel Hernandez Llosas, Independent Scholar: "Rock Art: The Forgotten Humankind Heritage"
Colm Murray: "A Conceptual Framework for Built Environment Cultural Heritage Values"
David Saunders, Independent Scholar: "Museum Lighting: A Guide for Conservators and Curators"
Thea Van Oosten, Independent Scholar: "A Matter of Choice: Properties of Plastics for Conservation"
Elizabeth Vines, Independent Scholar: "Streetwise Design: New Development in Creative Heritage Cities"
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.
2015–2017 Postdoctoral Fellow
Rosie Grayburn, PhD jointly awarded, University of Warwick, United Kingdom and Universiteit Gent, Belgium
Past Postdoctoral Fellows
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.
2015–2016 Graduate Interns
University of California Los Angeles
MOSAIKON: Alternative Backing Methods for Lifted Mosaics
Université Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne
GCI Science: Treatment Studies Research
University of Padua and University of Minho
Earthen Architecture Initiative
University of Pennsylvania
MOSAIKON: Bulla Regia Model Conservation Project
Queen's University, Ontario
Managing Collection Environments
Page last updated: November 2015