The Ursula Hoff Art History Scholarship

Status: Closed
Approximate value: $2,600
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: 11 Feb 2015
Close: 12 May 2015
Area of study: Art history
Available to: Current students
Study level: Honours, Graduate coursework, Graduate research
Travel support: Yes
Financial need: Yes
University trust record: UTR6.295


The Scholarship has been named in honour of the late Dr Ursula Hoff AO OBE PhD (Hamburg) Hon DLitt (Monash) Hon LLD (Melb) Hon DLitt (La Trobe) who died on 10 January 2005.

Dr Ursula Hoff was born in 1909 in London and her career encompassed art history, curatorship and museum management at the University and the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). Dr Hoff was a lecturer in the then-Department of Fine Arts within the Faculty of Arts at the University. She also worked at the NGV, being its assistant director from 1968 to 1973. She was the London advisor to the Felton Bequest from 1975 to 1983. Dr Hoff was a foundation fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1970 and a member of the Council of the National Library of Australia. Her scholarly publications include studies of Arthur Boyd, Charles Conder, John Brack, William Blake and her major work, the standard catalogue of pre-1800 European paintings at the NGV.

 The kinds of activities supported by The Ursula Hoff Art History Scholarship include the following:

  • Support for students undertaking coursework degrees
  • Support exchange opportunities for students
  • Support research students with grants for conference attendance, field work and study trips interstate and abroad
  • Support student conferences, publishing initiatives and other projects aimed at developing students' professional abilities so as to make them able and dynamic contributors to the field of art history in Australia and beyond


The scholarship will be determined by a selection committee chaired by the Head of the Art History program. It will be determined on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Particular emphasis will also be given to the applicant/s potential, as set out in the scholarship application, to make a contribution to the discipline of Art History in Australia and/or overseas.

Funds awarded by The Ursula Hoff Art History Scholarship must be expended within twelve months of receiving the award unless special permission has been granted by the Committee. A report on the expenditure of funds is also required within twelve months of receiving the award, according to the scholarship report guide  - see Forms and Guides on this website.

Application process

Complete online application including budget details and upload the following supporting documents:

  1. Outline of proposed planned activities that will be undertaken through the Scholarship
  2. Current academic record
  3. Two academic references
  4. Any other information to support application that may assist the committee in making its decision

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.