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Individual Professional Development Scholarship

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

  • Airbrushing in Conservation (September 19-21, 2022, Seattle Art Museum)
  • Photograph Conservation Basics (October 24-27, 2022, New York City Municipal Archives)
  • Rigging Basics (October 12-14, 2022, Penn Museum off-site storage)
  • Remedial Treatment of Asian Paintings Collections for Paper Conservators (November 9 - 11, 2022, Cleveland Museum of Art)

Criteria for Review

  • Applicant must be a current member of AIC and a U.S. resident (or U.S. citizen living abroad).
  • Appropriateness of project to furthering the applicant’s professional development.

  • Plan to disseminate knowledge and skills gained from project.

  • Appropriateness of budget; financial need may be considered. Any air travel must be ticketed on a U.S. carrier (code-sharing is acceptable, as long as ticket is from the U.S. airline).
  • Completeness of application.
  • Preference may be given to applicants who have not received recent support from FAIC.

Application Process

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 log in to the system using your email and password. If you have previously created an application with FAIC or AIC, your password will be the same as your most recently-completed application. If this is your first application with FAIC or AIC, you will need to create a new account by completing the information on the right side of the page. Please note that your general F/AIC password used for logging into the website and the community may not work.

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)
  4. 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.


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 is due within 30 days of completion of the project. 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 NEH and FAIC, including posting on the NEH and FAIC websites.