Travel Award for Postgraduate Research: This Travel Award is open to all postgraduate students who are currently registered for either the MLitt or PhD programmes in the School of Art History & Cultural Policy. The award is to help support travel abroad to undertake primary thesis research. This award is made possible by the Purser-Griffith, Françoise Henry, and Donal Byrne trust funds.

Purser-Griffith Medals in the History of European Painting: The Purser-Griffith Medals in the History of European Painting honour the endowment of an art history scholarship in 1934 by the artist Miss Sarah Purser and Sir John Griffith.  The medals are awarded to the candidates who achieve first and second places respectively having completed the two-year Diploma in the History of European Painting. The Purser-Griffith gold medal is awarded to the student who achieves first place, with distinction, on completion of the Diploma and the silver medal to the student who achieves the second highest GPA.

Françoise Henry Memorial Medals: These two awards were established in 1988 to mark the contribution of the late Dr Françoise Henry, both as a teacher and as an historian of Irish art. Dr Henry founded the Department of the History of European Painting in the University and for many years gave the course of public lectures on the History of European Painting associated with the Purser-Griffith Scholarships. The medals will be awarded annually to the undergraduate students, (i.e. taking four modules in Art History) who take first and second place respectively in the Art History Level 1 Examination, provided a standard of at least a GPA of 2.75 is attained.

Donal Byrne Memorial Medal: This award was established in recognition of the achievement of Dr Donal Byrne, a graduate of the University and a distinguished historian of medieval art. Dr Byrne, who died in August 1988, bequeathed his collection of books to the Françoise Henry Reading Room in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy. The medal will be awarded annually to the undergraduate student majoring in Art History (i.e. taking four modules in the subject) who takes first place in Art History Level 2 Examination, provided a standard of at least a GPA of 3 is attained.

Michael McCarthy Medal: This medal was established in 2004 to mark the retirement of Professor Michael McCarthy who held the chair of art history at UCD from 1994-2004.  Among his achievements was the establishment and direction of a taught MA in European and Irish architectural history. His commitment to post-graduate students is recorded in this medal which is awarded annually to the candidate who obtains the highest GPA in the taught MA programme. 

Michael McCarthy Medal Winners

  • 2016/17  Aoife Convery
  • 2015/16  David Archbold
  • 2014/15  Laura Ryan
  • 2013/14  Dorothy Redmond
  • 2012/13  Amelie Beier & Malgorzata Dynak
  • 2011/12  Alana Zuzak
  • 2011       Susan Storey
  • 2010/11  Sarah Maguire
  • 2009/10  Padraig Edwards
  • 2008/9    Louis Weyhe Funder
  • 2007/8    Ruth Musielak
  • 2006/7    Louise Kelly
  • 2005/6    Margaret Mary (Rita) Larkin
  • 2004/5    Alison O'Keefe
  • 2003/4    Sarah O'Connor