Professional Development Grants & Scholarships

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) offers a variety of scholarships and grants to promote educational opportunities for conservation professionals. Deadlines vary by category.

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NEW! FAIC/Tru Vue International Professional Development Scholarship


Tru Vue and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) offer scholarships of up to $1,500 to AIC members to help defray expenses for participation in international conferences and other professional development events.  Deadlines for receipt of applications are February 15, May 15, and September 15.  Please read guidelines carefully before applying.
Guidelines and links to forms (Webpage)


NEW!  FAIC/Tru Vue AIC Annual Meeting International Scholarship


Tru Vue and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) offer scholarships of up to $1,500 to support international travel to the AIC Annual Meeting to support professional development goals.  Priority will be given to individuals who have not previously attended AIC Annual Meetings.  The deadline for receipt of applications is February 15.  Please read guidelines carefully before applying.
Guidelines and links to forms (Webpage)


Individual Professional Development Scholarship


The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) offers scholarships up to $1,000 to help defray professional development costs for Professional Associate or Fellow members of AIC. Proposed projects may include seminars, courses, research, or other continuing education endeavors that support the professional development of AIC members. This award is not available to support expenses for attending the AIC Annual Meeting, with the exception of workshop fees. Deadlines for receipt of applications are February 15 and September 15.

NEW! Letters of recommendation may now be submitted electronically using a Word form. (Letters will also continue to be accepted by mail as outlined in the Scholarship Guidelines. You may also submit more than three letters if desired.)
Guidelines and application
(PDF)
Final Report (PDF)


FAIC/NEH Individual Professional Development Scholarship


With financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, FAIC offers a limited number of scholarships of up to $1,000 to help defray registration and travel expenses for participants in the FAIC workshops supported by NEH.  In 2014, eligible FAIC events are Media Consolidation for Parchment, Platinum and Palladium Photography Symposium, Platinum and Palladium Photography Workshop, and Photographic Chemistry for Preservation.  2015 eligible events are Photographic Chemistry for Preservation, Sustainable Collections Care Practices, Pressure-sensitive Tape and Tape Stains, and Cleaning Historic Finishes.  All current AIC members who are U.S. residents or citizens are eligible.  Deadlines for receipt of applications are February 15, May 15, and September 15. 

NEW! Letters of recommendation may now be submitted electronically using a Word form. (Letters will also continue to be accepted by mail as outlined in the Scholarship Guidelines. You may also submit more than three letters if desired.)
Guidelines (webpage)
Application (PDF form)
Final Report(PDF form)


George Stout Grant


The George Stout Memorial Fund offers awards to defray expenses (up to $1,000) of students (or those who graduated from a conservation program no longer than two years previously) who are members of AIC to attend professional meetings. The deadline for receipt of applications is December 15.

NEW! Letters of recommendation may now be submitted electronically using a Word form. (Letters will also continue to be accepted by mail as outlined in the Scholarship Guidelines.)
Guidelines and application
Guidelines and application (MSWord)
Final Report
Final Report (MSWord)


Carolyn Horton Grant


The Carolyn Horton Fund is used to support continuing education, including attendance at meetings, seminars, workshops, or to conduct research or special projects by members of the AIC Book and Paper specialty group. The deadline for receipt of applications is February 1.

NEW! Letters of recommendation may now be submitted electronically using a Word form. (Letters will also continue to be accepted by mail as outlined in the Scholarship Guidelines.)
Guidelines and application
Final Report


Christa Gaehde Grant


The Christa Gaehde Fund promotes study and research in the conservation of art on paper for members of AIC. Its scope is broad; projects may involve individual study, attendance at workshops, conferences, or other events, purchase of materials for research projects, or other activities in keeping with this goal. The deadline for receipt of applications is February 1.
NEW! Letters of recommendation may now be submitted electronically using a Word form.  (Letters will also continue to be accepted by mail as outlined in the Scholarship Guidelines.)
Guidelines and application (PDF)
Final Report (PDF)


Workshop Development Grants


The purpose of this award is to provide an incentive to increase the number and variety of continuing education offerings to the AIC membership; to expand those offerings in various locations around the country; and to encourage more of its members to attend courses by keeping workshop costs as affordable as possible. FAIC offers grants of up to $1,000, as available, for the purpose of developing continuing education workshops for conservation professionals and other interested individuals. Funds may be used to help defray costs for instructor fees, instructor travel, materials and supplies needed for the workshop. Deadlines for receipt of applications are February 15 and September 15.

Guidelines (PDF)
Guidelines (MS Word)
Application (PDF form)
Application (MS Word)
Final Report (PDF form)
Final Report (MS Word)
Participant Evaluation Form (PDF)
Instructor Evaluation Form (PDF)



"Take a Chance" Grant


This fund, established in honor of Carolyn Rose, helps defray costs for innovative conservation research or projects that may not otherwise be funded. Applicants must be current members of AIC. The deadline for receipt of applications is February 1.
NEW! Letters of recommendation are optional for this grant, but if desired, may now be submitted electronically using a Word form.  (Letters will also continue to be accepted by mail as outlined in the Grant Guidelines.)
Guidelines and application
Final Report


Small Meeting Support Grant


The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) offers grants of up to $2,500 to help defray costs to develop and hold small meetings of AIC members. Meetings may include seminars, research, brainstorming, problem-solving, or other continuing education endeavors that support professional development and the conservation profession. Eligible expenses include meeting space or conferencing technology costs, AV support, supplies, and facilitation. Deadline for receipt of applications is September 15.
Guidelines (PDF)
Guidelines (MS Word)
Application (PDF)
Application (MS Word)
Final Report (PDF)
Final Report (MS Word)



Latin American and Caribbean Scholars Program


The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) has received funding from the Getty Foundation to offer scholarships to conservation professionals from Latin America and the Caribbean to participate in selected AIC Annual Meetings.  We are able to offer this support for AIC's 43rd Annual Meeting in Miami in 2015. The application deadline was August 22, but has been extended to September 4, 2014.  All applicants must submit an abstract for a presentation or poster with the scholarship application.  Please do not submit duplicate abstracts to the program committee. 
More information and application form



FAIC/Samuel H. Kress Foundation International Travel Grant for Speakers


FAIC submits a unified request to the Kress Foundation for travel support for international speakers presenting papers at the AIC Annual Meeting.  Proposals may only be submitted by, or with the approval of, a program chair.  Speakers and/or topics should be in alignment with the Samuel H. Kress Foundation priorities.  See guidelines for details on eligibility and guidelines.  The NEW DEADLINE for receipt of applications is December 15 for speakers at the following year's Annual Meeting.
Guidelines (PDF)
Application (PDF)
Final Report (PDF)



FAIC/Samuel H. Kress Conservation Fellowships


FAIC began administering the Samuel H. Kress Conservation Fellowships in 2011.  The Fellowships are designed to provide 9 to 12 month mentored professional development opportunities in a variety of settings for recent graduates of conservation programs.  It is expected that nine Fellowships of $32,000 (minimum of $27,000 for Fellowship, up to $5,000 for institutional costs) will be awarded each year.  Applications must be made by the host institution, which may propose a specific candidate or seek applicants after application.  The new deadline for receipt of applications by FAIC is January 22. (This will allow for earlier announcement of awards to help in recruiting Fellows.)
Please also note sample applications from past years are now available in the links below.  Contact information and resumes have been removed for privacy considerations.
Guidelines  (Web Page)
Application form  PDF
Application form  (MS Word)
Report Guidelines
Past Awards
Frequently Asked Questions
Sample Application - Smithsonian American Art Museum
Sample Application - Shelburne Museum

FAIC/Mellon Photograph Workshop Professional Development Scholarship


The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC), with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, offers scholarships up to $1000, plus waiver of registration fees, to help defray professional development costs for international attendees. Proposed projects are limited to expenses related to attending FAIC Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation. Normally, no more than two international scholarships are available for each workshop, so early application is advised. Deadlines for receipt of applications are February 15, May 15 and September 15.
NEW! Letters of recommendation may now be submitted electronically using a Word form.  (Letters will also continue to be accepted by mail as outlined in the Scholarship Guidelines.)
Guidelines and application (PDF)
Final Report (PDF)

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