The Getty Research Institute May 15 announced its annual group of scholars including Indian researchers Kavita Singh and Inderbir Singh Riar.

The institute, which has been doling out scholarships since 1985, invites scholars from across the globe to stay in Los Angeles and pursue their own research projects with support from Getty, it said.

The 2018 cohort includes 38 scholars, selected from hundreds of applicants, most of whom will work on projects related to the 2018-2019 scholar theme, ‘Monumentality’, it said.

“This year we have challenged our visiting scholars to work on monumentality, an especially timely theme now, as many Americans are passionately debating the roles of monuments in their own communities,” Andrew Perchuk, acting director of the institute, said.

Kavita Singh is professor of arts and aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University in India. Her research focuses on the history of museums in colonial and post-colonial India and the history of Indian courtly paintings, the institute said.

Riar is an architectural historian, currently serving as an associate professor of Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University in Ontario, Canada.

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