With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) offers scholarships up to $1,500 to help defray professional development costs for individual members of AIC who are U.S. residents. Proposed projects are limited to expenses related to attending FAIC workshops supported by the NEH.
Applications are due February 15, May 15, and September 15 of each year. Applications are reviewed by members of the AIC Education and Training Committee and a recommendation is made to the FAIC board for final approval. Reviewers will follow the Reviewer Guidelines and an established evaluation rubric based on the criteria for review to evaluate all applications. Notification of awards are made six to eight weeks after the deadline. Projects should take place six weeks to twelve months after the application deadline.
Upcoming Eligible Workshops
- Introduction to UV Visible Fluorescence Photography (February 18 - April 27, 2022, ONLINE)
- Videography and Conservation (March 31, April 7, and 14, 2022, ONLINE)
- Rigging Basics (May 18 - 20, 2022)
- Metal and Composite Threads in Textiles (June 8 - 10, 2022)
- The Big Picture (June 13 - 16, 2022)
Criteria for Review
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, and National Endowment for the Humanities.
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 four sections of the application:
- Applicant information (name and contact information, resume/CV, etc.)
- Project information (description of the project and how it will help you advance professionally)
- Reference information (name and email of reference)
- Budget information (project costs and FAIC funding request)
Two references must be submitted electronically; it is strongly recommended that at least one reference is from a Professional Associate or Fellow member of AIC. Once an applicant submits their reference information, the references will receive an email with a link directly to the application portal where they will complete a brief form regarding their support for the application. Recommendations submitted will not be visible to the applicant.
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.
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 is due within 30 days of completion of the project. Final reports should be sent to email@example.com and are required to be eligible for future funding. Reports may be published in part or in full by NEH and FAIC, including posting on the NEH and FAIC websites.