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The Getty Foundation Scholar Grant For Researchers 2025/2026| All funding Scholarship 

Getty Foundation Scholar Grant

About Getty Foundation Scholar Grant

The Getty Foundation Scholar Grant supports innovative research about art, conceived in the broadest terms, and its histories, by providing a locus for international scholars to forge collaborations across disciplines and professional practices, while also developing new audiences for their work.

During their residency, the scholar cohort is immersed in a vibrant local community devoted to the advancement of knowledge and hosted at an institution committed to preserving, understanding, interpreting, and sharing its vast library and collections. Scholars may be in residence at the Getty Center 

Since 1985, the Getty Foundation Scholar Grant has hosted around 1,300 residential scholars from over fifty countries to conduct research on topics related to the annual theme while residing in Los Angeles. 

Selected projects have spanned geographical regions and time periods, from ancient to contemporary eras. Getty receives between 300 and 400 applications each year and awards fellowships to about twenty applicants annually.

A mix of senior scholars and junior fellows are selected for the Scholars Program cohort. The cohort’s research projects are focused on an annual theme. The three main grant categories are:

Scholar Grants for established researchers and professionals who have held PhDs for at least 5 years and/or possess strong records of publication and professional activity, at the Getty Center or Getty Villa

Postdoctoral Fellowships for recently granted PhDs at the Getty Center or Getty Villa

Predoctoral Fellowships for PhD candidates at the Getty Center

Within the annual theme, Getty offers dedicated appointments through its African American Art History Initiative (AAAHI) for scholars who are expanding critical inquiry of African American art and its frameworks. 

See the sections below for more information about applying. Interested applicants should apply to the appropriate category above based on their degree status and in the application, check the box for “African American Art History Initiative.”

The Getty Scholars Program is committed to fostering collaborative research and invites expressions of interest from teams, although each team member must meet eligibility requirements and submit an application individually.

Application Timeline

Applications for 2025–2026 year grants will open July 1, 2024. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2024 by 5:00 p.m. (PDT).

Getty Foundation Scholar Grant Eligibility

  • Getty Foundation Scholar Grant applicants should have received a PhD more than 5 years ago (before September 1, 2021). Applicants from associated fields who do not hold a PhD but have commensurate professional experience will also be considered.
  • Applicants who received their degree within the past 5 years (after September 1, 2021) should apply for a Postdoctoral Fellowship.
  • After a waiting period of 6 years, previous Getty Residential Grant recipients in any category are eligible to reapply for another grant in whichever category they are eligible for and interested in. See FAQs for more information.


Getty Foundation Scholar Grant recipients at the Getty Center may be in residence from three to nine months and receive varying stipends as detailed below*:

  • Three-month residency: September–December/January–March; $21,500 stipend
  • Six-month residency: September–March/January–June; $43,000 stipend
  • Nine-month residency: September–June; $65,000 stipend Recipients also receive a relocation stipend of $2,000.
  • The grant also includes a workstation at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, research assistance, a travel stipend, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, and an available healthcare option. 

How to Apply

Applicants need to complete and submit the online Getty Scholar Grant application form by the deadline, which requires the following attachments:

  1. Project Proposal: Each application must include a description of the applicant’s proposed plan for study and research (not to exceed five pages, typed and double-spaced). The proposal should indicate:
  • how the project addresses the annual theme
  • if relevant, how it would benefit from the resources at the Getty, including its library and collections AAAHI applicants should describe how their projects will generate new knowledge in the expanding field of African American art history

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