GRI Special Collections Reading Room

This application deadline has passed. The information below is for reference only. Please check back in Summer 2023 to apply for the 2024 cycle.

Open call for applications
Getty Library Research Grants support a wide range of research pursuits through an open call for applications. They provide partial, short-term support for researchers requiring the use of specific collections housed in the Getty Research Institute (GRI). The GRI's grant budget has been generously supplemented by donations from the Getty Research Institute Council.

Additional focused grants
In addition to the open call for applications, focused grants will be awarded as described below:

Anne Willan and Mark Cherniavsky Gastronomy Collection of rare and contemporary books: Research considering the visual culture of food, including culinary history, and the preparation and presentation of food, utilizing the Cherniavsky collection.

Conservation Collection: Research that utilizes the Conservation Collection developed by the Getty Conservation Institute consisting of specialized research materials related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage.

Awards for Undergraduates: Grants specifically for advanced undergraduates majoring in art history, architectural history, or studio art, to conduct research in the GRI's special collections and library.

Library Research Grants are intended for researchers of all nationalities and at any level, unless otherwise specified in the grant description, who demonstrate a compelling need to use materials housed in the Research Library, and whose place of residence is more than eighty miles from the Getty Center. Projects must relate to specific items in the library collection. (To search the collections, please consult the Research Library Catalog.)

Library Research Grants are intended to provide partial support for costs relating to travel, lodging, and living expenses. Housing is not provided. In general, grants are awarded as follows depending upon the distance traveled:

  • Within California (must be more than 80 miles away from GRI): $1,500
  • North America, including Canada and Mexico: $3,000
  • International outside of North America: $4,500
  • The research period may range from several days to a maximum of eight weeks.

    Please see important information about the terms of these grants and information about potential tax liabilities here.

    These terms apply as of August 2022 and are subject to future changes.

    Notification Process
    Applicants are notified of the Research Institute's decision approximately two months following the deadline.

    Applicants who do not receive grant awards are still welcome to use the Research Library in accordance with its access policy.

    Application Availability and Deadline
    Complete application materials are now accepted through an online application process only. The next deadline to submit application materials (including two letters of recommendation) for these grants will be 5:00 p.m. (PT) October 17, 2022.

    How To Apply
    For the best user experience, we strongly recommend use of the Google Chrome browser. You may also use Firefox or Safari. The Internet Explorer (IE) browser is not fully compatible with our portal.

    Begin a New Application: Create or update your account and password, log in, and begin a new application. You may return to your work at any time by visiting the portal at the link above and logging into your account.

    Please note: Once you have created and saved an application form, be sure to return to work on the same form by selecting the "In Progress" link to return to your saved application. Otherwise, you may inadvertently create multiple versions of the same application and your recommendation letters may not be linked to the application you submit.

    This application will require that you upload the following attachments:

    1. Project Proposal (not to exceed two pages, typed and double-spaced): This statement should include a description of your proposed research project during your visit here; an explanation of your project's current state of development (that is, a new project, a work in progress, a project nearing completion); and a description of what you expect to accomplish at the Research Library. Do not include your bibliography here - see item 3 below.

    2. Curriculum Vitae: (Either brief or full version is acceptable)

    3. Selected Bibliography of Getty Research Institute collections: Cite collections or other resources housed in the Research Library that are important to your proposed research project and that you wish to consult during your visit. Please review the Research Library's Search Tools and Databases to search for material of interest; please list citations in a recognized style manual format, such as the Chicago Manual of Style or equivalent.

    4. Letters of Recommendation: As part of this application you will request that two confidential letters of recommendation be forwarded by your recommenders through the system by the deadline. You will be prompted to enter the names and emails of your references as you fill out the application form. A link will then be sent to them automatically that will allow them to upload their confidential recommendations. Recommenders should attach a scanned original letter to the e-mail. Once you request this information you will be able to monitor your account to confirm that the letters have been submitted.

    Please address inquiries to the following:
    Attn: Library Research Grants
    Phone: (310) 440-7374