The Ursula Hoff Art History Scholarship

8th Jan 2018
4th Mar 2018
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.


Approximately $3,200

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

Eligible applicants must complete:

  1. the Financial Aid Assessment (If you have already completed a previous financial aid application this will show up when you login. Simply update your details and submit the application again. When you submit, you will receive an email acknowledgement that your application has been received.)
  2. the online application form (via the link below) which requires a 300-500 word statement outlining how the scholarship would impact your life and assist with your studies, an outline of your planned activities that will be undertaken during the scholarship and the documents uploaded as outlined below:
  • All students, except those over 25 years of age, or those receiving the "unreasonable to live at home" rate of Youth Allowance, should have their parents or guardians complete a Statement of Parents or Guardians Income form
  • Current academic transcript
  • Two academic references

Both applications (financial aid assessment and the application via the link below) must be submitted prior to the advertised closing date.