Getty Foundation Calls for Applications for Getty Scholar Grants

Timothy Potts
President and CEO, Getty Foundation

The Getty Foundation is calling for applications from researchers of all nationalities who are working in the arts, humanities, or social sciences for its Getty Scholar Grants, established for scholars, or individuals who have attained distinction in their fields.

Recipients may reside at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, where they will pursue their projects free from work-related obligations, make use of Getty collections, join their colleagues in a weekly meeting devoted to an annual research theme or the African American Art History Initiative, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty.

The grants will also cover an office at the Getty Research Institute or the Getty Villa, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, airfare to and from Los Angeles, and an available healthcare option. These terms apply as of June 2021 and the terms and length of grants are subject to change while health and safety guidelines for grantees may also be imposed.

Current Getty staff and members of their immediate families are not eligible for Scholar Grants. Recent recipients who have received a Getty Scholar award within the past three years may not be considered.

Getty Scholars may be in residence from three to nine months which will cover September to December, January to April, April to June with a stipend of $21,500; September to April, January to June with a stipend of $43,000; September to June with a stipend of $65,000.

Prospective applicants should please note that the African American Art History Initiative (AAAHI) Fellowships are limited to nine-month residency terms, and are granted $65,000 stipends.

Applicants who received their degrees after September 1, 2017 are encouraged to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship.

The grants will be awarded based on a competitive process while applications will be evaluated based on the following: The overall quality of the application, how the proposed project bears upon the annual research theme, the applicant’s past achievements and how the project would benefit from the resources at the Getty, including its library and collections.

Applicants for the AAAHI Fellowship are not required to work on the annual theme, but rather should describe their focus on African American art and cultural history.

Applicants are required to complete and submit the online Getty Scholar grant application form, along with the attachments described below, by the deadline.

The expected attachments are project proposal, Curriculum Vitae, and optional writing samples.

Completed application materials are accepted online only. Applicants will be notified of the Getty Research Institute’s decision approximately six months from the deadline (5:00 p.m. (PT) October 1, 2021).

Please visit to begin the application process. Also for important information about the terms of these grants visit

Once an applicant has created and saved an application form, he/she should be sure to return to work on the same form by selecting the “Applications: In Progress” link to return to their saved application otherwise they may inadvertently create multiple versions of the same application.

The next deadline for submission of application materials is 5:00 p.m. (PT) October 1, 2021.