The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) offers a variety of scholarships and grants to promote educational opportunities for conservation professionals.
Professional Development Grants and Scholarships
FAIC offers a variety of scholarships and grants to promote educational opportunities for conservation professionals. Deadlines vary by category. Be sure to also see our Five Tips for Successful Scholarship Applications.
Upcoming: Kress Conservation Fellowship Application Due January 22! Learn about Courtney Murray's Experience as a Kress Conservation Fellow
Courtney Murray is Assistant Objects Conservator at the Denver Art Museum. Courtney was a Kress Conservation Fellow at the Denver Art Museum in 2014-2015 after completing her Master of Science in Art Conservation at the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.
My Fellowship was primarily centered around the conservation of a set of six 18th-century polychrome wood sculptures in the DAM’s world-renowned collection of Spanish Colonial art. All six sculptures were in need of significant conservation treatment and I was encouraged to pursue technical analysis to study materials and manufacturing techniques.
Through local and regional partnerships, I closely engaged the rich culture of the Mountain Region of the United States and collaborated with allied and non-allied professionals, greatly improving my ability to communicate effectively across disciplines. The Fellowship also afforded me the opportunity to partner with individuals and institutions outside the region for in-depth analytical work, sharing my knowledge and experience while simultaneously learning from leaders in our field. I hope to maintain and grow this network of colleagues for years to come.
The Fellowship provided a framework in which I felt confident undertaking difficult conservation treatment; I had excellent supervision and mentorship at my fingertips. It provided me an opportunity to present multiple aspects of my project to both lay and professional audiences. And, perhaps most importantly, the Fellowship provided me an opportunity to manage a multi-faceted project start to finish, ensuring timely completion while maintaining high standards for preservation and research. This is a skillset that I use regularly in my current role as Assistant Objects Conservator at the DAM.
I feel strongly that the Kress Conservation Fellowship is a fabulous opportunity for a recent graduate to grow, learn, and contribute to the field in a meaningful way.