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There are a number of prizes and travel awards available to students in the department of the History of Art and Architecture; these are mostly, but not all, intended to support travel and other relevant activity. While some of the awards are granted on the basis of performance in examinations, others are decided on other criteria.

Information on relevant external awards is received in the department from time to time. This will either be circulated by email or advertised on notice boards in the department.

College and Departmental awards:

The Anne Crookshank Prize
The Prize was established in 1985 by friends and colleagues of Anne Crookshank to enable outstanding students of history of art and architecture to travel abroad. It is awarded annually to the Junior Freshman student who has achieved the highest marks in the annual assessment. The prize is open to students taking the single honor course in history of art and architecture, or as part of the Columbia dual degree or joint degree courses. The prize takes the form of a scholarship, to be put towards the cost of the departmental study visit the following academic year. In the event of no departmental visit being organised, the prizewinner may apply the cash to travel plans of his/her own choosing, subject to approval by the department. Value, €318.

The Mainie Jellett Fund, established in 1988, is designed to provide financial assistance for students in the History of Art travelling abroad to study the history of art and architecture. Details will be circulated in advance of the trip.

The Dawson Prize in Art is designed to allow an undergraduate student the opportunity to travel abroad in order to pursue their interests in art and architecture. Candidates must be of good academic standing and should submit an outline of their proposed plans (not more than 500 words), together with an estimate of expenses, to the History of Art Department by end 1 May each year. This award is open to undergraduates in any discipline in College. Value approximately €300.

The Homan Potterton Prize derives from a gift made in 2005 by Homan Potterton, a graduate of the College and a former Director of the National Gallery of Ireland. The prize is awarded to the student of the History of Art achieving the highest overall grade in continuous assessment exercises carried out during the Junior Sophister year and going forward to study the History of Art in their final year. Value approximately €300.

The Mr W. Henry Naylor and his sister Mrs. Henrietta Mary Downes Bursary
This prize was established in 2015 from the estate of Dorothy H. Downes in memory of Mr W. Henry Naylor and Mrs Henrietta Mary Downes. It is awarded annually to a graduate of TCD in the History of Art or Fine Arts born in Ireland for further education or training in the discipline. One award having an approximate value of €600 may be made each academic year. Applications will be assessed by a Departmental committee.

Irish graduates who wish to apply for the award should submit a proposal of no more than 1,000 words outlining the nature of the further education or training in the discipline that they propose to undertake; the institution where, or the individual with whom, the training will take place; the estimated total cost of the training and how the training will contribute to the applicant’s longer term career plan. Training funded under the scheme should take place within one calendar year of the award being made. On completion of the further education or training, the successful applicant must submit a brief report describing and evaluating how the award was spent.

Applications should be submitted to no later than 31st January in the year following graduation. The winner of the award will be announced in early March.

Other regular awards:

The Thomas Dammann Fund regularly gives substantial financial assistance to students wishing to travel abroad. The closing date for applications is usually early March. For further information, consult the Thomas Dammann Trust website (external).

The Desmond Guinness Scholarship is awarded annually by the Irish Georgian Society to an applicant or applicants engaged in research on the visual arts of Ireland including the work of Irish architects, artists and craftsmen at home and abroad, 1600-1900. Preference is given to work based on original documentary research. The Scholarship is intended primarily for applicants who are not yet established at an advanced professional level in research or publication of the visual arts. For more information consult (external)