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Kress Conservation Fellowship Details

Applications are due January 22. Award notifications are normally made by April 1 and award payments are normally made by August 1.

Cultural heritage institutions or conservation facilities can apply to host a fellowship. Fellows must complete a masters-level degree in conservation prior to beginning the Fellowship. Fellows must be either a resident or citizen of the U.S. or Canada, or a recent graduate from a conservation graduate program in the U.S. or Canada. The Fellowship candidate may be identified in advance of application by the host institution or recruited subsequently.

Priority is given to first-year requests, but outstanding projects that clearly outline benefits to the Fellow for a second year of Fellowship can be funded.

Applications are evaluated by at least three conservation professionals, selected to reflect the specialty areas proposed. Reviewers are drawn from past Fellows, past Fellowship supervisors, and others with mentoring experience.  Reviewers will follow the Reviewer Guidelines and an established evaluation rubric based on the criteria for review to evaluate all applications. The process is managed by the FAIC Education Coordinator and supervised by an AIC or FAIC Board member. The Samuel H. Kress Foundation has final approval of all recommended awards.

Awarded institutions must submit a report due September of the year following the award. Additional resources are available to answer frequently asked questions.

Sample Applications

Below are a selection of successful fellowship application from previous years.:

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. Institutional information (contact and fellowship supervisor details)
  2. Fellow information (candidate or recruitment information)
  3. Fellowship information (project details)

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 or interim report is in September the year following the award.

Report Details


Contact FAIC Education Coordinator, Sarah Saetren, at or (202) 661-8071.