Objects Specialty Group Individual Grant

The Objects Specialty Group (OSG) offers scholarships of $500 to help defray costs for OSG members to attend the AIC Annual Meeting.  The grant will prioritize students, recent graduates and members who are presenting at the Annual Meeting.  However, the application is open to all OSG members.  Awards will be given at the discretion of the OSG board based on available funds.  After an initial three year trial period, the OSG board will evaluate the success of the program and its potential for longer term implementation depending on current reserves and group priorities.

Criteria for Review

  • Qualifications of applicant (must be an OSG member planning to attend the annual meeting)
  • Preference may be given to applicants who are students, recent graduates (up to five years post-graduation) and members who are presenting at the Annual Meeting
  • Merit of applicant for appropriateness to attend the meeting and to furthering the applicant’s professional development and contribution to the field
  • Preference may be given to applicants who have not received funding within the past three years
  • Budget information: financial need and lack of other sources of financial support will be considered
  • Completeness of application, including two letters of support

Application Process

The process of applying is managed entirely through an online system.

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. A short statement addressing applicant's professional goals for attending the meeting. 
  3. Applicants should discuss how they will help disseminate the information they learn from the attending the meeting and/or agree to submit a report on at least one OSG talk for the AIC blog.
  4. 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.
  5. Budget information (total cost for attending the AIC Annual meeting and any funding that has been obtained from external sources).

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 deadlines for receipt of all materials is December 22

 Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation will be made to the OSG board for final approval. Notification of awards will be made six to eight weeks after the deadline.

Two letters of support must be submitted electronically, preferably from Professional Associates or Fellows of AIC. 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 the applicant submits the reference information, 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

The application will become available eight weeks before the application deadline.

Final Report

A final written report consisting of at least two images and a two page narrative (or equivalent AIC blog post) is due within 30 days of the Annual Meeting. Final reports will be submitted by grant recipients to faicgrants@conservation-us.org. Final reports are required to be eligible for future funding. Reports may be published in part or in full by the Objects Specialty Group and/or FAIC, including posting on the AIC/FAIC website.


Funding for this scholarship comes from OSG reserves and a generous contribution from American Conservation Consortium, Ltd and The Decorative Arts Trust

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

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