• The Meeting of St. Francis and St. Dominic :: c.1400-1455
  • Artist: Fra Angelico (Guido di Pietro), Italian
  • Repository: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
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Conservation Fellowships


The purpose of the Kress Conservation Fellowship program is to provide a wide range of post-graduate fellowship opportunities that will help develop the skills of emerging conservators.

At the crossroads of science and art, the fields of conservation and technical art history demand a complex knowledge of chemistry and materials and an extraordinary sensitivity to artistic intent, as well as physical dexterity, patience, and powers of concentration. Initial training, typically at one of a handful of institutions in North America, provides basic qualifications that must be supplemented with an extended period of specialized concentration on paintings, objects, textiles, antiquities, ethnic materials, photographs, prints and drawings, books and manuscripts, furniture, etc. Within a supervised environment, the young conservator develops the specific skills, the hands-on experience, and the confidence on which to base a future career.

The Foundation strongly urges its grantees and fellowship administrators to help diversify the next generation of art historians, art conservators, and art museum professionals by adopting an inclusive approach to all Kress-sponsored partnerships and educational and training opportunities.

The Kress Conservation Fellowships provide competitive grants to museums and other conservation facilities which sponsor supervised internships in the conservation of specific objects and onsite training.


Six $32,000 Fellowships are expected to be awarded each year for post-graduate internships in advanced conservation at a museum or conservation facility.

The full $32,000 must be allocated as a fellowship stipend. Payroll taxes may be withheld from the $32,000, but any other benefits, travel or education reimbursement, or administrative costs must be met by the institution or other funding. Grant funds may not be used for indirect costs.

Most Fellowships begin in late summer or early fall, and run for a term of 9 to 12 months. A report, whether interim or final, will be due from the host institution in September of the year following the award.


Applications must be made by the museum or conservation facility at which the fellowship will be based. Prior to beginning the fellowship, fellows should have completed a masters-level degree in conservation. The fellowship candidate may be identified in advance of application by the host institution or recruited subsequently.

application procedures

The Kress Conservation Fellowships are administered by the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC). Please visit the FAIC website for detailed application instructions. For answers to additional questions, you may also wish to review the Fellowship FAQs.


Applications due on January 22.

In addition to these Conservation Fellowships, the Kress Foundation supports conservation at other institutions. For a complete list, see Fellowship Partners.


Fellowship Application Guidelines

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Fellowship FAQ

Q: How long after submitting my application will I hear the Foundation's decision?

A: For Conservation Fellowships, notification is usually sent four to six weeks after the March 1st application deadline.

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The Ship of Love

The Ship of Love

Date: c. 1500
Artist: Northern Italian School
Repository: Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

The inscription on the canopy, from Ovid, reads 'love is won with gold.'

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