The Harold Wright Scholarship and The Sarah & William Holmes Scholarship

22nd Feb 2017
17th Apr 2017
Enrolment status
Current student; Alumnus; Other
University Trust Record

UTR6.337; UTR6.338

Study Area

Art History and Art Curatorship


The Harold Wright Scholarship and The Sarah and William Holmes Scholarship 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.

It is the expectation that placement will commence in 2018 subject to availability at the British Museum.


$18,000  (total of both scholarships)


Open to graduates of Australian or New Zealand universities, or to other persons deemed by the Selection Committee to be of sufficient scholarly standard.

It is expected that the successful candidate would be a person with 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.

The scholarship is not to be awarded to any person who at the time of the award is-

(a) employed by any commercial art gallery or other art gallery run for profit, or

(b) engaged in art dealing on their own account or in partnership

The scholarship may be awarded to any person employed by any public or private art gallery which is not run with a view to profit.

The committee may decide to award both The Harold Wright Scholarship and The Sarah and William Holmes Scholarship to the same student if the British Museum can only host one student at a time.

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 and should state their preference in their application. All efforts will be made by the selection panel to ensure the recipient is allocated the time that he/she prefers, however this is sometimes not possible and the recipient may be asked to compromise their dates and length of stay in London.

Please read Scholarship Guidelines carefully.


Recipients are required to:

  • Accept award online within 21 days
  • Write two letters of appreciation to the donor/committee (upon acceptance and after completion)
  • Submit a final report


Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 6-8 weeks after the closing date.

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 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.

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.

Taxation on scholarships

Scholarships awarded to part-time students are assessed as taxable income by the Australian Taxation Office (under section 51-10 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997).

To ensure the correct rate of income tax is withheld, part-time students will be asked to provide a Tax File Number (TFN) Declaration Form prior to payment.

For further information on whether a scholarship is taxable, please visit the Australian Taxation Office website.