George Stout Scholarships


The FAIC George Stout Grant supports students and those who have graduated in the past two years who are members of AIC to attend professional meetings. Funds can be used to defray costs for transportation, accommodations, and registration. 
George L. Stout (1897-1978) was a pioneer in conservation of historic and artistic works in America, particularly in his application of scientific techniques to art restoration. The George Stout Memorial Fund for student awards was established in 1981 and has been supplemented by additional gifts over the years. 
Students (or those who have graduated no more than two years previously) who are members of AIC and are attending a professional meeting after February 15 are eligible. Preference may be given to students presenting papers or those who are nearing the completion of their graduate education. Unless there are sufficient funds, Stout awards are not made to the same individual in succeeding years. FAIC will partially or totally fund as many qualified applicants as possible, given funds available. Meal costs are not eligible. The maximum award is $1,000.

Criteria for Review

  • Usefulness of project to the student 
  • Strength of recommendations
  • Level of participation in the meeting
  • Reasonableness and completeness of budget
  • Member of AIC
  • Completeness of the application, including two letters of support

Application Process

The George Stout Grant guidelines and criteria have not changed, however, the process of applying will be managed entirely through an online system, which we hope will be simpler, more reliable, and more convenient than our previous system of emailed forms and attachments. 

You will be prompted to login to the system using a login ID and password. If you already have an account with AIC/FAIC (this should be the case if you are an AIC member or have participated in an AIC/FAIC program), use the same login information you use to access that account. If you do not have an account in the system, you can quickly set one up before you begin your application.

The online form will take you through the four sections of the application:

1.) Applicant information (name and contact information, resume/CV, etc.) 
2.) Project information (description of the project and how it will help you advance professionally)
3.) Reference information (name and email of reference). You should complete this step as early as possible to provide your references with time to write and submit a letter of support. Make sure to click “SEND REQUEST NOW” to generate an automated email to be sent to your references with instructions on submitting their letter of support.
4.) Budget information (total project costs and FAIC funding request)

You can save and return to your application later to complete it. When you are satisfied with your responses, “save and finalize” to submit your application. Once the application has been submitted, you cannot return to edit the form.


The application deadline is December 15. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation will be made to the FAIC board for final approval. Notification of awards will be six - eight weeks after the deadline. Projects should take place six weeks to twelve months after the application deadline. 

Two letters of support must be submitted electronically. References will upload letters directly to the application portal. Applicants should enter the names and email addresses of their references as soon as possible during the application process. Once an applicant moves on from the first page of the application, references will receive an email with instructions on how to upload their letter of support. References can use FAIC’s Letter of Support Form or submit letters of support in other formats if the author’s signature is included.  Regardless of the format, letters uploaded to the system will not be accessible to the applicant.

Please submit any supporting materials as a PDF (portable document format) if possible.

Apply for Funding

Click here to access the application portal.

Final Report

A final report consisting of a 500 - 1,000 word narrative and at least two images is due within 30 days of completion of the project. Final reports should be sent to and are required to be eligible for future funding. Reports may be published in part or in full by FAIC, including posting on the FAIC website.

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If you experience any difficulties please contact:
Sarah Saetren, Education Coordinator
(202) 661-8071