Textile Specialty Group Scholarship

The Textile Specialty Group (TSG) offers scholarships up to $1,500 to support its members in disseminating scholarly research in textile conservation and participating in professional development opportunities. Up to two awards may be made per year depending on the scope of the proposed projects. Applicants may request funding to help defray costs to present at a TSG session at the AIC Annual Meeting, for research that is planned to be presented at the AIC Annual Meeting or published in JAIC, or to support attendance to an FAIC professional development workshop.

Awards are provided at the discretion of the TSG Officers/Scholarship Committee. After an initial three-year trial period, the TSG officers will evaluate the success of the program and its potential for longer-term implementation depending on current reserves and group priorities. During the trial period the total awards will not exceed $1,500 per year.

The application becomes available each year in early fall, and deadline for receipt of all materials is December 15th. The scholarship committee will review the applications and make a recommendation to the TSG officers for final approval. Notification of awards will be made by February 28th.


Criteria for Review

  • Applicant must be a TSG member
  • Preference may be given to applicants who are students, recent graduates, and members who are presenting at the Annual Meeting
  • Merit of application for appropriateness to attend the meeting, to further 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
  • Financial need and lack of other sources of financial support may be considered

Application Process

The process of applying is managed entirely through the AIC/FAIC online system. The applicant 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, professional website if available).
  2. A short statement, addressing applicant's professional goals for attending the meeting, or for the proposed research, or the importance of attending the workshop.
  3. Applicants should discuss how they will help disseminate the information they learn from attending the meeting, and/or agree to submit a report on at least one TSG 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 reference with time to write and submit a letter of support. Make sure to click “SEND REQUEST NOW” to generate an automated email to send to your support letter writer, with instructions on submitting their letter of support.
  5. Budget information (e.g. costs for attending the AIC Annual meeting and any funding 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.


One letter of support is suggested but is not required. The letter must be submitted electronically. The reference (support letter writer) will upload the letter directly to the application portal. Applicants should enter the name and email address of the reference as soon as possible, well before the December 15th deadline.

Once the applicant submits the reference information, an email with instructions will be sent to the support letter writer on how to upload the letter. Letters uploaded to the system will not be accessible to the applicant.

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

Final Report & Taxes

A final written report of two pages, or equivalent AIC blog post, both consisting of at least two quality images (an image of applicant in action and/or a related artifact is preferred) is due within 60 days of the next Annual Meeting. Submit final reports to funding@culturalheritage.org. Final reports are required to be eligible for future funding. Reports may be published in part or in full by the TSG and/or FAIC, including posting on the AIC/FAIC website.

FAIC sends the full amount of the award to the recipient with receipt of a W-9 form from the awardee, and FAIC will issue a 1099 MISC form for the recipient’s taxes. In the case of a foreign awardee, the award amount is sent via bank transfer, and if a recipient’s bank charges a fee, they are responsible for it.