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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 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

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.) Students must be currently matriculated at FIT. Applicants 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 candidate’s 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 (.pdf) completed by an instructor outside the History of Art Department 
  • Applicant information form (.pdf)
  • Official college transcripts

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

Application and Interview Deadlines

Applications must be postmarked March 1 or earlier. Send application materials to:

Fashion Institute of Technology
ATTN: Carmen Valerio, Department Coordinator
History of Art Department
227 West 27th Street, B634
New York, NY 10001

Applicants may also deliver application materials on or before the first Monday in March to:
History of Art Department, Room B634
212 217.4669

Contact the department with any questions. Inquiries for further information will be forwarded to the faculty member currently coordinating the award. 
212 217.4640  

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

Faculty Award

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 applicant’s academic and/or professional development, for instance through post-graduate study, research, and/or travel) 
  • Detailed preliminary budget and schedule

Questions concerning the faculty award may be directed to: Professor Andrew Weinstein, 212 217.4671 or

Past Recipients

George T. Dorsch Endowed Scholarship
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
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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