FAIC/Mellon Photograph Workshop Professional Development Scholarship

With funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, FAIC 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.

Upcoming FAIC Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation

  • Compensation for Loss in Photographic Materials (April 2018)

Criteria for Review

  • Appropriateness of workshop to furthering the applicant’s professional development
  • Qualifications of applicant (education, training, and experience)
  • Preference may be given to applicants who will publish/lecture on the proposed project (thereby disseminating knowledge/skills gained)
  • Preference may be given to applicants who have not received FAIC 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 letters of support
  • Applicants for this scholarship do not need to be U.S. citizens or AIC members

Application Process

The guidelines and criteria for FAIC’s professional development scholarships have not changed, however, the process of applying had been simplified and is now managed entirely through an online system. We hope this system is more reliable and convenient than our previous system. When you apply for an FAIC professional development scholarship, you will be automatically considered for awards generously funded by FAIC, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Tru Vue.

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 deadlines for receipt of all materials are February 15, May 15, and September 15 of each year. Applications will be reviewed and a recommendation will be made to the FAIC board for final approval. Notification of awards will be made six to 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 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

Click on the link below 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 60 days of completion of the project. Final reports should be sent to funding@culturalheritage.org.  Final reports are required to be eligible for future funding.  Reports may be published in part or in full by FAIC and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, including posting on the FAIC and/or The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation websites.

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