The George Stout Fund supports students and those who have graduated in the past two years who are members of AIC to attend professional meetings. Funds can be used to defray costs for transportation, accommodations, and registration.
George L. Stout (1897-1978) was a pioneer in conservation of historic and artistic works in America, particularly in his application of scientific techniques to art restoration. The George Stout Memorial Fund for student awards was established in 1981 and has been supplemented by additional gifts over the years.
Students (or those who have graduated no more than two years previously) who are members of AIC attending a professional meeting are eligible. Preference may be given to students presenting papers or those who are nearing the completion of their graduate education. Unless there are sufficient funds, Stout awards are not made to the same individual in succeeding years. The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) will partially or totally fund as many qualified applicants as possible, given funds available. Meal costs are not eligible. The maximum award is $1,000.
Applications are due December 15. The applications are reviewed by members of the AIC Education and Training Committee 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.
Criteria for Review
- Usefulness of project to the student
- Strength of recommendations
- Level of participation in the meeting
- Reasonableness and completeness of budget
- Member of AIC
- Completeness of the application, including two letters of support
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.