2018 Conservation Treatment Grant Program

The Greater Hudson Heritage Network
NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program

Greater Hudson Heritage Network is pleased to announce it has been awarded 5 years of funding from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for the continuation of the NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program! GHHN has managed the NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program since 2000 and has regranted approximately $2.3 million on behalf of NYSCA to eligible organizations around New York State. Additionally, we are delighted to share the amount of money available to regrant in 2018 has increased to approximately $106,675.

What we fund: Support of up to $7500 is available for conservation treatment of paintings, works on paper, textiles, furniture, frames, sculptures, historical, ethnographic, and decorative objects owned by eligible organizations. Funding is also available for treatment costs for supports, frames, stands and mounts that are integral to the treatment of the object.

What we do not fund: Grant will not support treatment of archival collections. Grant will not support staff salaries. Funds are not available for preventative care, re-housing or re-formatting of objects, purchases of storage furniture, or upgrading environmental systems.

Application deadline: Friday, June 1, 2018, 11:59 PM

Important reminder: Our application process is PAPERLESS. You will apply using an online portal located on our website – the portal opens on Thursday, March 1, 2018 and will remain open until 11:59 PM on Friday, June 1, 2018. You may log in and work on your application at any point during this time period.

To access the online portal, and for more information on the application process, grant guidelines, and listings of past grantees please visit our website: www.greaterhudson.org/nyscaghhn-conservation-treatment-grant.html.

Apply to the Rathgen Heritage Science Scholarship 2018

The Rathgen Research Laboratory is the leading institution for conservation science, art technology and archaeometry at the National Museums in Berlin. It carries out investigations on a broad variety of materials within the museum environment and focuses its research on scientific issues concerning the care of monuments and archaeological sites.

It carries forward the tradition of the world’s oldest scientific museum laboratory, the Chemical Laboratory of the Royal Museums in Berlin, which was founded on April 1st, 1888 and bears the name of its first director, Friedrich Rathgen.

It is the mission of the Friends of Rathgen (Förderkreis des Rathgen-Forschungslabors e.V., www.rathgen-foerderkreis.de/) to support the work of the Rathgen Research Laboratory in various ways, among others by supporting research projects of young professionals in heritage science.

To this end, the Rathgen Heritage Science Scholarships have been established in 2009 and are awarded annually. The Rathgen Heritage Science Scholarship enables young professionals to undertake a project at the laboratory within a 1-3 month duration. The topic is proposed by the applicant. Successful applicants will receive a scholarship for Post-Graduate Scholarship of EUR 900 month and Post-doc Scholarship EUR 1,200 per month.

The topic of the research project can be proposed freely by the applicant or chosen from the following three proposed topics, if the applicant has the required previous knowledge:

  1. Study the gold alloy of rings and jewelry by micro-X-ray fluorescence analysis.
  2. Optimization of the Quantification routines for studying archaeological glasses by means of portable X-ray fluorescence analysis
  3. Development of a method for the removal of shell lacquer on ceramics without discoloring the objects through the solving of the lacquer.
  4. Analyses of medieval silk dyestuff and mordant from different origins by means of HPLC and XRF

The application consists of:

  • 1-2 pages explaining the research proposal, the required resources and the envisaged time frame, including preliminary work accomplished and short bibliography
  • CV including list of publications
  • 2 reference letters of support

Deadline for 2018 applications is February 23, 2018.

Please submit your application electronically to: rf@smb.spk-berlin.de, or by mail to:

– Scholarship –
Schlossstrasse 1 A
14059 Berlin, Germany

Donald Peterson Student Travel Award

The Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Subcommittee invites applications from archival science students and recent graduates of archival programs.  The award subsidizes travel to the SAA Annual Meeting for students presenting research or actively participating in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

Application details are below. The application deadline is February 28, 2018. Applications will only be accepted online.  If you have any questions regarding the award or the application process, please contact Veronica Denison, Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Committee Chair, at vdenison@alaska.edu.

Purpose and Criteria for Selection: Established in 2005, this award supports students and recent graduates from graduate archival programs within North America to attend SAA’s Annual Meeting. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of SAA by students and recent graduates. This participation must include either a presentation of research during the Annual Meeting or active participation in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

Eligibility: Awarded to an SAA member in good standing who is currently enrolled in an archival education program or who graduated from an archival education program in the previous calendar year. Applications are evaluated based on the merits of the applicant’s essay and letters of recommendation.

Sponsor and Funding: The Society of American Archivists, in honor of Donald Peterson (1908-1999), New York lawyer and philatelist, whose deep appreciation of world history and preservation developed early through his stamp collecting and held true throughout his life.

Prize: Up to $1,000 in support of registration, travel, and accommodation expenses associated with the SAA Annual Meeting.

First Awarded: 2006

Application Information and Documentation: Click here to preview the application and/or to apply. All applications must be submitted online and include the following:

  1. A 500-word essay describing the applicant’s career goals and potential impact on the archival profession.
  2. Unofficial transcript to verify student status or copy of graduate diploma.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals having definite knowledge of the applicant’s qualifications.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2018

Andrew W. Mellon funded Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation

The UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials has received a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help increase diversity in the study and practice of conservation of art and cultural collections. This grant supports outreach and summer opportunities for undergraduate students who are interested in learning more about cultural materials conservation and are underrepresented in the field, which is 87% non-Hispanic white.

Applications are currently available for students or recent degree holders to attend a fully funded, week-long summer workshop in Los Angeles, July 9-14, 2018, designed to introduce 15 participants to conservation and other collections work through tours, lab activities, lectures and presentations at the Getty Villa and regional museums.

Participants in the 2018 summer workshop are eligible to apply for a fully funded 8-10 week internship the following summer.

More information and the application, due March 9, 2018, is available at: http://conservation.ucla.edu/Mellon_diversity_opportunity.

Please distribute widely and encourage young people interested in art/science/social sciences to apply to learn about whether conservation is a field they would like to pursue.

For further information, feel free to contact: Laleña  Arenas Vellanoweth, Program Manager, Mellon Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation, lav256@g.ucla.edu; or Ellen Pearlstein, Professor, UCLA Information Studies, epearl@ucla.edu.

June Baker Trust Grant for Emerging Conservators

  • Deadline: January 31, 2018
The June Baker Trust was set up to promote and encourage the development and study of the arts and sciences of restoration and conservation of historical or artistic artefacts in Scotland.

To be eligible to apply you have to be a conservator and able to demonstrate a connection to Scotland through work, birth, living, education or other means.

The Emerging Conservators Grants Scheme gives funding of up to GBP1,000 to support conservators who are in the process of gaining their early workplace experience. Applicants must be within three years of qualifying as a conservator.  2018 will be the final year of this scheme. The funding is to support a learning plan of their own choosing, with activities which help them establish a career path. This learning plan can be on top of or instead of employment. The learning plan must meet the June Baker Trust’s objectives for the scheme which are for recently qualified conservation professionals to:

  • build professional networks;
  • gain practical and employability skills; and
  • widen sector understanding, with the overarching aim of increasing future employability.

Grants for Emerging Conservators

Please e-mail a completed application as an attachment and in time for the deadline to: junebakertrust@gmail.com.

Frederick Bearman Research Grant for book and paper conservation

The Institute of Conservation (Icon) Book & Paper Group are proud to announce that applications are now open for the Frederick Bearman Research Grant. We are delighted to be able to offer a 1000 GBP research bursary to support new research projects into to conservation of books, paper and related materials.

Frederick Bearman led a diverse international career as a distinguished conservator, educator and administrator in the field of rare books and archives. He worked for institutions in the UK and USA, including the Public Record Office, Camberwell College of Arts, Columbia University Libraries and University College London. He was loved and respected by friends and colleagues across our profession.

The Book and Paper Group will award one annual grant of up to 1000 GBP. Any Icon member can apply, and we welcome applications from members at all stages of their careers, either as individuals or collaborations. We are looking for interesting and informative projects such as preliminary investigations into old and new materials, tools and techniques, or a study of a particular collection or binding style. Perhaps there is something you have been meaning to explore but haven’t found the time or the funds? Or even research you have already started but haven’t had the support to finish? You may be a recent graduate who wants to expand on your MA research, or a seasoned conservator who needs funding to follow an idea.

Even small discoveries that you have made could have a big impact on the conservation community!

The recipient(s) of the grant will present their investigations as the keynote speaker(s) at the Frederick Bearman Memorial Lecture in December 2018 which will provide an exciting, informative and welcoming platform through which to share your investigations with the conservation community.

Applications are open from now until February 9, 2018. The winner will be selected by an expert panel and notified by the following month. For more information and further details on how to apply please visit the ICON website.

Studentship in Preservation of Geological Collections, UCL/Oxford/Cardiff (UK)

A four-year SEAHA studentship investigating the preservation of geological collections in museums is currently open for applications.

Mineral specimens, despite their apparent stability, are prone to deterioration in museum environments. Currently available methodologies are not suitable for routine collection monitoring, as results are not necessarily replicable, and, in the absence of guidance on suitable storage conditions, triggers for, and the suitability of, conservation actions are difficult to determine. We need a more robust approach to the delivery of preventative conservation of geological collections.

This studentship, based at the University of Oxford and in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and BSRIA Ltd, addresses these issues. The student will define what kind of material change in minerals constitutes damage; develop a protocol for routine monitoring of museum geological collections for potential damage; establish optimum environmental and minimum air quality standards for different types of minerals; and test rigorously the suitability of conservation treatments that are presently available.


  • Academic supervisor: Professor Heather Viles, University of Oxford
  • Heritage supervisors: Dr Christian Baars and Dr Jana Horak, Amgueddfa Cymru, National Museum Wales
  • Industrial supervisor: Ian Wallis, BSRIA Ltd

The first year of this four-year studentship constitutes an MRes degree at University College London. Following successful completion of the MRes, students will be registered for doctoral research at the University of Oxford for years 2-4 of the SEAHA scholarship. The SEAHA studentship will cover home fees plus an enhanced stipend of up to GBP18,172 per year (to be confirmed at point of offer) for eligible applicants (http://www.seaha-cdt.ac.uk/opportunities/eligibility-criteria/), and a substantial budget for research, travel, and cohort activities.

Full information about the project can be found at: http://www.seaha-cdt.ac.uk/study-with-us/studentships/

Application deadline: midday (GMT) on Friday, January 12, 2018.


Emergency Assessments for Museums in Disaster Areas

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announce availability of Emergency Collections Assessment for Preservation support. Based on the existing Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program, the Emergency CAP will help collecting institutions in federally declared disaster areas receive post-disaster collections care recommendations from conservation and building professionals on an expedited basis.

Emergency CAPs follow the general guidelines of the Collections Assessment for Preservation program, with the following exceptions:

  • Only museums affected by recent major federally-declared disasters are eligible.
  • Museums of any size are eligible for an Emergency CAP. Small and mid-sized museums will receive a general conservation assessment. Larger museums will receive a review of preservation/conservation plans for the structure and/or those parts of their collections which have been damaged by the emergency or disaster.
  • Assessor allocations for Emergency CAPs range from $3500-$4900 per assessor, based on institutional budget, need, and available funds.
  • Applications for Emergency CAPs are reviewed immediately upon receipt. Applicants are typically notified of their status within two weeks of application.
  • Program schedules and deadlines are determined by each institution and its team of assessors, subject to approval by FAIC. All program activities must occur within one year of notification of program acceptance.

Limited funding is available. Eligible museums interested in receiving an Emergency CAP assessment should contact Tiffani Emig, CAP Program Coordinator, at 202-750-3346 or temig@conservation-us.org for additional information.

Read or download the full press release: www.conservation-us.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/CAP/emergency-cap-release.pdf?sfvrsn=2.

Book & Paper Group Professional Development Bursaries

The Book & Paper Group are delighted to announce the next round of our new Professional Development Bursaries for book and paper conservators. One year into the scheme, we have doubled the value of the bursaries to £200 each!

The two year scheme – which is financed with profits from our 2015 Adapt and Evolve Conference – will support professional development by funding training and research in different areas of book and paper conservation. The Group will award up to five £200 bursaries every six months for the next two years to support conservators undertaking such training or research. The bursaries can be used for professional development such as membership for other professional organisations, travel, tools, attendance for courses, workshops or conferences, etc.

The scheme is open to all Icon Book and Paper Group primary members who are currently employed in, or are pursuing a career in book or paper conservation. In order to benefit a range of members, we aim to award bursaries in the following categories:

•    Students
•    ACR/ACR Pathway
•    Independent conservators
•    Conservators employed in institutions
•    Conservators who are currently unemployed

All bursary recipients will write a short report of their project, which will be published in Icon News.

To apply for one of the bursaries you must complete a short application form (available below), which will include a brief statement about the project for which you are seeking funding.

The next round of applications are due 27 October 2017. 


  • Applicants must be current Icon members with Books and Paper as their primary group.
  • The event for which you are requesting funding must take place within the year that follows your application.
  • Recipients will receive their bursary as a reimbursement of costs. Receipts for all costs must be submitted after the event.
  • All applications will be judged anonymously by a subcommittee of the Book & Paper Group. The subcommittee’s decisions are final.
  • Applications that exceed the word count cannot be considered.
  • The cost of the training or research need not be exactly £200. The bursary can be a contribution towards an activity costing more than £200, and applications for less than £200 will also be considered.
  • Successful recipients will be announced and will need to provide a short bio for the winners webpage.
  • All bursary recipients must submit their project reports to Icon (including relevant images) within 1 month of completing the project.
  • Unsuccessful applicants may reapply for future rounds of bursaries, but successful applicants may not.

The application form is available here.

For any other questions or concerns, please email iconbpg@gmail.com with the subject line as Book & Paper Group CPD Bursaries and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Kress Fellowships for Language Study

Kress Fellowships for Language Study in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish
for Graduate Students in European Art History and Art Conservation

Middlebury College is pleased to announce the continuation of the Kress Fellowships for language study, made possible by a generous gift from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Five fellowships are offered in summer 2018 for art history graduate students and graduate students in art conservation to attend the Middlebury summer Language Schools in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.

These fellowships are intended for graduate students in art history with a proposed focus on European Art History or graduate students studying art conservation. Preference will be given to graduate students who have recently been accepted or are currently enrolled in the corresponding program at a Ph.D. -granting institution in the United States. In exceptional cases, advanced undergraduates in Art History who are preparing for graduate study in the same field may also be considered.

Fellowships cover the comprehensive fee (tuition, room, and board) at the Middlebury summer Language Schools. Travel expenses and books are not included. Fellowships are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals. Applicants need not be American citizens.

Kress Fellowships will be awarded on a highly competitive basis. Financial aid forms are not required for these awards, but students interested in attending the Language Schools have the option to apply for Middlebury College financial aid, awarded on a demonstrated-need basis, through the office of Student Financial Services.

For more details about the process visit: http://www.middlebury.edu/ls/finaid/fellowships/kress, and to apply, go to: http://www.middlebury.edu/ls.