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George T. Dorsch Awards

Student Award
Faculty Award
Past Recipients

The George T. Dorsch Awards in the History of Art Department were established with funds bequeathed to the department by one of its founding members, George T. Dorsch. An esteemed member of the department and of the FIT community, where he taught for 32 years, Professor Dorsch passed away in September 2000 leaving the farsighted and gracious legacy of an annual gift to support faculty and student professional achievement.

Income from this bequest funds two annual awards: 

  • The George T. Dorsch Endowed Scholarship supports a student who has performed exceptionally in History of Art Department courses. 
  • The George T. Dorsch Endowed Fellowship supports research and travel for an adjunct faculty member with a Ph.D., teaching in the History of Art Department.

Year to year, the amount of each award is to be determined, because it is based on bequest income.

Student Award - $20,100

Eligibility Requirements

Students applying for the George T. Dorsch Endowed Scholarship must have earned the grade of "A" in at least four History of Art courses taken at FIT.
(Grades of A- are not accepted.) Applicants must be current FIT students and may apply more than once. Successful applicants may not reapply.

Application Materials

  • Résumé
  • Proposal essay of no more than 500 words explaining the intended use of scholarship funds. The proposal should explain in detail the activities that will advance the candidates academic and/or professional development, such as graduate study, travel, internships, non-profit or volunteer work, a research or creative project, etc. 
  • Detailed preliminary budget and timetable listing the anticipated expenses and scheduling of the project 
  • Recommendation form completed by an instructor outside the History of Art Department 
  • Applicant information form
  • Recommended: short meeting with Prof. Amy Werbel to discuss your proposal.

Finalists are selected from the applicants and will have 10-minute interviews with department representatives. Portfolios, if applicable, may be presented at the interview.

Fill out the online application form. Print and sign the recommendation form (.pdf), then give it to the reference who will submit it.

Finalist interviews will be arranged after the application deadline and will take place in the offices of the History of Art Department.   

Questions about submissions should be directed to: dorsch@fitnyc.edu.

Faculty Award - $21,600

Eligibility Requirements

Faculty applying for the George T. Dorsch Endowed Fellowship must have received their doctoral degrees and be teaching in the Department as an adjunct faculty member within the current academic year (i.e., June to June). Applicants may apply more than once; successful applicants may not reapply within the next two years.

Application Materials

  • Résumé
  • Proposal essay of no more than 500 words explaining how the applicant intends to use the fellowship (proposed activities should advance the applicants academic and/or professional development, for instance through post-graduate study, research, and/or travel) 
  • Detailed preliminary budget and schedule

Questions about submissions should be directed to: dorsch@fitnyc.edu.

Past Recipients

George T. Dorsch Endowed Scholarship

2017 Arielle Johnson
2016 Santiago Garcia
2015 Elena Kanagy-Loux
2014 Thiago Ferreira Eichner
2013 Julia Sinelnikova
2012 Raisa Nosova
2011 Ilana Pfefer
2009 Ariel da Fonte
2008 Julia Plotkin
2007 Marisa De Marco
2006 Amy Yandek
2005 Rasa Siminkas
2004 Catalina Vásquez-Kennedy

George T. Dorsch Endowed Fellowship

2017 Sandra Skurvida, Ph.D. for study of John Cage
2016 Blair Fowlkes Childs, Ph.D. for study of Syrian/Phoenician cults in the Roman world
2015 Ann Shafer, Ph.D. for study of Islamic tile work in Morocco and Turkey
2014 Samuel D. Albert, Ph.D. for study of Transylvanian Modernist art
2013 Mari Dumett, Ph.D. for study of the Fluxus Movement
2012 Sandra Skurvida, Ph.D. for study of Iranian Contemporary Art
2009 Laural Weintraub, Ph.D. for study of Charles Demuth
2008 Trudie Grace, Ph.D. for study of representations of the national flag in American Art
2007 Shana Lindsay, Ph.D. for study of the concept of sacrifice in Contemporary Art
2006 Chad Mandeles, Ph.D. for study of American painting
2005 Celia J. Bergoffen, Ph.D. for archeological work in the Middle East
2004 Marshall W. Mount, Ph.D. for study of the art of Niger

 

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