Training programme: Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles

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Scholar Program, Fellowship and Interns

The Conservation Guest Scholar Program

The Conservation Guest Scholar Program at the Getty Conservation Institute supports new ideas and perspectives in the field of conservation, with an emphasis on the visual arts (including sites, buildings, and objects) and the theoretical underpinnings of the field. The program provides an opportunity for professionals to pursue scholarly research in an interdisciplinary manner across traditional boundaries in areas of wide general interest to the international conservation community. These grants are for established conservators, scientists, and professionals who have attained distinction in conservation and allied fields. Applications are welcome from researchers of all nationalities.

Application materials and full terms of the GCI scholar program can be found on the Getty Foundation website:

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science

The Getty Conservation Institute's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science is a two-year program designed to provide recent PhDs in chemistry or the physical sciences experience in conservation science. The 2009-2011 fellowship will give particular emphasis to the application of science to some of the conservation issues being posed by modern and contemporary art.

The postdoctoral fellow will play an integral role in the GCI’s expanding area of Contemporary Art Research that works in collaboration with several external partners to address some of the pressing issues in this field. Existing projects include: modern paints; outdoor painted sculpture, contemporary murals, and plastics, and for each of these areas methods are being developed to improve analysis, and to better understand the how these materials will change with age and/or conservation treatments. Depending on the experience and expertise of the fellow, he/she may propose to work on one of the existing areas of interest, or to initiate a new project that addresses other areas of concern with modern and contemporary art.

Graduate Internships at the Conservation Institute

Graduate Internships at the Getty support full-time positions for students who intend to pursue careers in fields related to the visual arts. The Getty Conservation Institute offers 12 month residences in Field Projects, Education and Science. Graduate internships at the Getty are open to applicants of all nationalities. Students must either be 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 have completed a relevant graduate degree in 2006 or later.

For more information and application materials for the Graduate Internship program, visit the Getty Foundation website: