The Harold Wright Scholarship and The Sarah & William Holmes Scholarship

1st Oct 2018
13th Nov 2018
Enrolment status
Current student; Alumnus; Other
University Trust Record

UTR6.337; UTR6.338

Study Area

Art History and Art Curatorship


Awarded jointly, The Harold Wright and The Sarah and William Holmes Scholarships allow the recipient to carry out an intensive study of prints at the British Museum in London for a period of 3-12 months.

These scholarships are very privileged, with previous recipients now working in prestigious museums and galleries throughout the world.

The placement will commence in 2019 subject to availability at the British Museum.


Approximately $22,000 (total of both scholarships, awarded jointly)


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 their 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.

Applicants may use the scholarship to study in the British Museum print room for 3-12 months. Applicants should state their preference and proposed dates in their application. Efforts will be made by the selection panel to ensure the recipient is allocated the time that they prefer, subject to availability at the British Museum.


Recipients are required to:

  • Accept award online within 21 days
  • Provide travel documents and evidence of insurance
  • 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

Submit an online application via the link below. Applications should include:

  • a statement outlining the proposed activities that will be undertaken during the placement
  • a budget
  • a curriculum vitae, including present position. No more than two pages
  • academic transcripts, including previous studies in the art of the print
  • evidence of Australian or NZ Citizenship eg, passport, birth certificate, citizenship certificate
  • two academic references or letters of support
  • any other information to support application that may assist the committee in making its decision


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.