Harold Wright Scholarship and Sarah & William Holmes Scholarship

Status: Closed
Approximate value: $16,000
The amount available for this award is approximate. It will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.
Open: 1 Feb 2015
Close: 19 May 2015
Area of study: Art history
Available to: Not enrolled
Study level: Graduate coursework, Graduate research
Travel support: Yes
Citizenship: Domestic (Aust & NZ)
Financial need: No

Specifically, studying prints at the British Museum.

It is the expectation that placement will commence in 2016 subject to availability at the British Museum.


Two scholarships are offered each year – the Harold Wright scholarship and the Sarah and William Holmes scholarship – to allow holders to carry out an intensive study of prints at the British Museum, London, for a period of up to twelve months These scholarships may be awarded jointly.

Harold Wright was an authority on prints with a world-wide reputation. In addition to academic honours and other marks of recognition, his advice was sought by almost every major art gallery with a department of prints. His association with Australia and New Zealand derives from his honorary services to the Felton Bequest and his life-long friendship with Sir Lionel Lindsay, as well as private collectors in both countries.

The second scholarship is named in honour of the parents of Mrs. Wright.

Because Harold Wright acquired his unrivalled mastery of the field at a time more favourable to private studies than the present, it is not intended that the scholarship should be linked to a specific project, specialised research or even a publication. Mrs. Wright felt that application for such purposed were adequately provided for by other awards. She had in mind a completely free year, in which the holder would be able to work as widely as her husband did, in one of the world's greatest collections. In later life he made many distinguished contributions to specialised knowledge in print scholarship. What distinguished his work was the breadth of the original background on which it was based.

These scholarships are very rare and privileged. Previous recipients of the scholarship are now in museums and galleries throughout Australia and continue to work in preserving art history in Australia.

University Trust Reocrds


It is expected that the successful applicant would have a background involving a serious study of prints and that the study at the British Museum would be useful for the furtherance of his/her career.

Applicants are asked to consider if they would like to go for the first part of the year from January to June or the second part of the year from July to December. Applicants are asked to state their preference in their application. All efforts will be made by the selection panel to ensure the student is allocated the time that the student prefers, however this is sometimes not possible and students may be asked to compromise their dates and length of stay in London.

The scholarship shall not be awarded to any person who shall at the time of the award be employed by any commercial art gallery or other art gallery run for profit nor to any person who shall at the time of the award be engaged in art dealing on his own account or in partnership but may be award to any person employed by any public or private art gallery which is not run with a view to profit.

Please read Scholarship Guidelines carefully.

Application process

Please complete the online application form and upload the following documents to support your application.

  1. Statement and any information that supports your application.
  2. Some evidence of other financial resources available apart from scholarship funds.(Complete budget section on application form)
  3. Outline of proposed planned activities that will be undertaken through the Scholarship
  4. A curriculum vitae, including present position. No more than two pages.
  5. Academic transcripts, including previous studies in the art of the print.
  6. Certified copy of Australian or NZ Citizenship eg, passport, birth certificate, citizenship certificate.
  7. Two academic references.
  8. Any other information to support application that may assist the committee in making its decision.

Work submitted will not be returned.

Please ensure you have the above information available before you commence your online application.

The judges' decision will be final and the University reserves the right not to award the prize in the event it is considered that no work of sufficient merit has been submitted. Winning applicants please note the University of Melbourne reserves the right to publish the name of the winning applicant on its websites and other University of Melbourne publications.