The Ursula Hoff Art History Scholarship

16th Jan 2017
13th Mar 2017
Study level
Honours, Graduate coursework, Graduate research
Enrolment status
Current student
University Trust Record


Study Area

Art History and Art Curatorship


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.



One or more awards are offered from these funds


Open to students currently enrolled in Honours, Graduate coursework, Graduate research focussing on the area of Art History

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

  • students undertaking coursework degrees
  • exchange opportunities for students
  • research students with grants for conference attendance, field work and study trips interstate and abroad
  • 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 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.

Recipients are required to:

  • Accept award online within 21 days
  • Write two letters of appreciation to their 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

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 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.