Funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the UCLA/Getty Graduate Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials will offer summer opportunities for students and recent graduates who are currently underrepresented in conservation.[1] Conservation is a field dedicated to the preservation, examination, research, and treatment of cultural property including cultural and historic collections, paintings, works on paper, archives, books, textiles, buildings, etc. Typically, students come to conservation from humanities, science and/or studio art backgrounds before entering graduate school.  Graduates of conservation programs work in museums, libraries, universities, and historic and archaeological sites, among other places.

[1] The majority of conservators in art museums nationwide are non-Hispanic white.

Below is a brief summary of the Mellon-funded UCLA/Getty Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation.

Mellon Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation Summary Flyer 2019

Week-long workshop: July 8 – 13, 2019

A fully funded, week-long summer workshop in Los Angeles for 15 students designed to introduce them to conservation and other museum collections work through tours, activities, and presentations at the Getty Villa conservation labs and regional museums. Transportation, lodging in UCLA student residences and meals will be provided.

10-week internship: 2020

Students completing the July 8 – 13 workshop may apply for one of six fully funded, full time or extended part-time internships that will take place in 2020. The internships will take place at various conservation laboratories in the United States. Transportation and stipends will be provided.


Mentoring will be provided for those students interested in pursuing a career in conservation and collections work.