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Academic Awards

Massachusetts College of Art and Design offers a wide variety of merit-based fellowships and awards for students of all majors. This page details much of the information on award eligibility as well as application process and required submission materials. To get more information on an individual award please click on the link.

Dondis & Godine Travel Awards

Each of these $5,000 awards are granted to graduating juniors or seniors to help defray the cost of traveling for the purpose of completing a well defined project having artistic merit.

Current full-time matriculated students are eligible to apply. Applicants may not be on academic notice, probation, or dismissal. A student may not win more than one travel award during their academic career at MassArt. These awards can be considered taxable income, but should not have any bearing on your financial aid package.   

Donis A. Dondis Travel Fellowship                
Is awarded to a junior or graduating senior for completing a well-defined project having artistic merit or for the purpose of defraying the cost of entering and attending a school outside the United States. You can apply if you plan to be sponsored by an institution outside of the United States.   

Morton Godine Fellowship 
Is awarded to a junior or graduating senior to help defray the cost of traveling for the purpose of completing a well defined project having artistic merit.  

Both of these awards will require the following application materials:                 

  • 1 or 2 page proposal, describing the project                 
  • a realistic budget                 
  • images or clips, either submitted in an electronic portfolio or as a link to your website         
  • 2 references (not letters of recommendation. If selected, your references will be reached via telephone)

Apply for the Dondis or Godine Travel Awards

Applications are due by 5:00pm, Friday March 16th, 2018.

Proposals from past recipients can be seen here:


Richard Aronowitz Senior Project Award

The Aronowitz Award is an $1,000 award granted to a rising senior to support the funding of a senior project. In the spring of 2018 rising seniors from all majors are eligible to apply.

This award will require the following application materials:                 

  • 250 word statement, describing the project
  • a short statement detailing the impact the funds would have on the project        
  • images or clips, either submitted in an electronic portfolio or as a link to your website

Apply for the Richard Aronowitz Award

Applications are due by 5:00pm, Friday, March 16th, 2018.


The Lam Prize for Creativity and Innovation

The Lam Prize for Creativity and Innovation is a $1,500 award granted to a sophomore, junior, or senior from any major who shows dedication, creativity, and innovation.

This award will require the following application materials:                 

  • a 1 page statement describing the student's best work that demonstrates their creativity and innovation
  • a digital portfolio of 5 pieces of work
  • applicants will need a faculty sponsor to help review their statement and select works, this sponsor will serve as a reference

Apply for the lam prize for cREATIVITY & iNNOVATION 

Applications are due by 5:00pm, Friday, March 16th, 2018.


George Nick Prize

The George Nick Prize is a juried award given on the basis of merit and selected by a blind jury, led by Professor Emeritus George Nick (who was a painting faculty member at MassArt). The competition is open to all current MassArt students (undergraduate, graduate, and PCE), but it is restricted to works done in drawing, painting, and printmaking. The total prize amount is approximately $13,000, to be split between the winners. Former George Nice Prize winners are not eligible. The Spring 2018 George Nick Prize jury will take place on Friday, April 27th.

The purpose of the George Nick Prize is to encourage emerging artists who create two-dimensional works - through observational abilities, drawing skills, and the understanding of the role of tone and color - that can be recognized in terms of subject and an emphasis on forms of realism.

Professor Emeritus George Nick and two other members will review all submissions in a blind jury. Applicants' names should not appear on their proposals or artwork. All submissions will be assigned a jury number at the time of drop off. 

This award will require the following application materials:

  • 6 - 10 images made up of paintings, drawings, or prints                   
  • A well-defined, 1-page proposal detailing the following:
    • Describe what you think you have accomplished in the work you have presented.
    • Name some artists whose work you like; what artists and/or what kind of art inspires you?
    • Who are some artists you don't necessarily like, but from whom you've learned something?
    • Please describe any goals you have set for yourself. Have you accomplished some or any of them?

Drop off and jurying information

  • Drop Off: All work must be dropped off between 8:30 - 9:30AM at the MassArt Pozen Center on Friday, April 27, 2018. No work may be submitted after 9:30AM! At the time of drop off, you will need to complete an application and be assigned a number for your work (your name should not appear on your proposal or artwork). You will be responsible for setting up your own work and numbers all of your pieces/proposal with your assigned jury number.
  • Exhibition: Immediately following the judging, around 1:00pm, all the participants' work will be on display for the public.  
  • Pick Up: Work must be picked up between 3:00 - 4:00PM on Friday, April 27th. If you are not available to pick up your work, please make arrangements with for a friend to do it for you. No work will be kept after 4:00PM! 
  • Prize Announcement: Winners will be notified by telephone and email, using the contact information give on the prize application at drop-off. A school-wide announcement will also be made.
  • NOTE: MassArt is not responsible for lost or damaged artwork. Participation in the George Nick Prize is at your own risk.

More questions? Please contact Alice Stanne in the Academic Affairs Office at alice.stanne@massart.edu or 617.879.7303.