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FAIC / Kress Foundation International Speaker Scholarship

The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) is requesting funding from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to support international speakers at the AIC Annual Meetings. FAIC requests this funding annually as a single, unified proposal for international travel funding, because the Kress Foundation does not fund individuals directly.

Award amounts are typically between $1,000 - $2,000. Proposals should support speakers traveling from outside of the US or Canada, and may include airfare, ground transportation, lodging at the Annual Meeting hotel, and meal per diem. Honoraria, meeting registration costs, and optional events (such as workshop fees) are not eligible for funding.

Applications are due December 15 and should request funding for individuals with papers accepted to be presented at the upcoming AIC Annual Meeting.  Applications will be reviewed by Program Chairs and a recommendation will be made to the FAIC Board for final approval. Notification of inclusion of proposals in the request to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation will be made by January 15. Actual award notifications will be once we hear from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation (most likely by March 1). 

Criteria for Review

  • Applicant must be a speaker at the upcoming AIC Annual Meeting traveling from outside the US and Canada
  • Usefulness of participation to the speaker
  • Usefulness of speaker’s contribution to the AIC Annual Meeting
  • Application supported by the appropriate Program Chair
  • Appropriateness of the budget; financial need may be considered.
  • The program seeks to support a set of scholarship awards that benefit a variety of specialty areas. Only one speaker per Annual Meeting session will be selected for an award.

Application Process

Applications are submitted through our online application portal. When you enter the portal, you will be prompted to login to the system using a login ID and password. If you already have an account (this should be the case if you are an AIC member or have participated in an AIC or 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 three 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. Budget information (project costs and support)

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.


Final Report

A final report consisting of a 500 - 1,000 word narrative, at least two images, and a final budget summarizing the expenses and sources of revenue to attend the Annual Meeting is due 30 days after the AIC Annual Meeting. 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 our website.