Andrew W. Mellon funded Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation

The UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials has received a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help increase diversity in the study and practice of conservation of art and cultural collections. This grant supports outreach and summer opportunities for undergraduate students who are interested in learning more about cultural materials conservation and are underrepresented in the field, which is 87% non-Hispanic white.

Applications are currently available for students or recent degree holders to attend a fully funded, week-long summer workshop in Los Angeles, July 9-14, 2018, designed to introduce 15 participants to conservation and other collections work through tours, lab activities, lectures and presentations at the Getty Villa and regional museums.

Participants in the 2018 summer workshop are eligible to apply for a fully funded 8-10 week internship the following summer.

More information and the application, due March 9, 2018, is available at:

Please distribute widely and encourage young people interested in art/science/social sciences to apply to learn about whether conservation is a field they would like to pursue.

For further information, feel free to contact: Laleña  Arenas Vellanoweth, Program Manager, Mellon Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation,; or Ellen Pearlstein, Professor, UCLA Information Studies,