Getty Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) – $65K – Applications Due: October 28, 2020

Wed, Oct 28, 2020, 5:00 pm
Request for Proposals
Early Career
Various Research Areas


The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is inviting applications for its Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art, made possible by the generous support of the Getty Foundation

These fellowships are intended to support an academic year of research and/or writing by early career scholars from around the world for a project that will make a substantial and original contribution to the understanding of art and its history. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant.

Fields of Research:

  • Any humanistic field so long as the research draws substantially on the materials, methods, and/or findings of art history, and contributes to the field.
  • ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.


  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. that was conferred between September 1, 2015, and December 31, 2019.
  • Applicants who earned their PhDs in and/or are currently employed in any humanistic field may apply, so long as they demonstrate that their research draws substantially on the materials, methods, and/or findings of art history, and contributes to the field. Scholars may propose new approaches to art historical scholarship and/or explore connections between art history and other humanistic disciplines.
  • This program welcomes proposals from applicants without restriction as to citizenship, country of residency, location of work proposed, or employment. Scholars who have experience studying, teaching, and/or conducting art historical research in non-U.S. contexts are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Scholars need not have a full-time academic appointment to apply. Independent and untenured scholars are especially encouraged to apply.


  • 10 fellowships, each with a salary-replacement stipend of $60,000, plus $5,000 for research and travel during the award period.
  • The fellowships are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the work proposed. Awards also will include a one-week residence (in July 2022) at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles following the fellowship period.
  • Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships may not be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants, though they may be combined with a sabbatical. Tenure of the award must encompass the entirety of the 2021-22 academic year, during which fellows must devote themselves to full-time research and writing.

Application Requirements & Evaluation Criteria:

Applications must be submitted online through the ACLS online fellowship and grant administration system (OFA) and must include:

  • Completed application form.
  • Proposal (no more than ten pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font).
  • Project bibliography (no more than two pages).
  • Publications list (no more than two pages).
  • Writing sample (no more than fifteen pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font).
  • Two reference letters.
  • Up to three additional pages of images or other supporting non-text materials (optional).

Peer reviewers in this program are asked to evaluate all eligible proposals on the following four criteria:

  1. The potential of the project to advance the field of art history and make an original and significant contribution to knowledge of art and its history.
  2. The quality of the proposal with regard to its methodology, scope, theoretical framework, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature.
  3. The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work within the proposed time frame.
  4. The applicant’s scholarly record and potential for scholarly achievement.

See related links: Fellowship FAQs, Sample 2020 Application and "Writing Proposals for ACLS Fellowship Competitions" by Christina M. Gillis.

Due Dates:

  • Application deadline is October 28, 2020 9:00 p.m. ET.
  • Notifications will be sent via email by late March 2021.
Categories: Open Call RFPs