Ursula Hoff Scholarship in Art History for University of Melbourne Students

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 Hoff 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 and 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.

For more details, see The Ursula Hoff Art History Scholarship Guidelines and Eligibility (105kb pdf)


Applicants must be:

  • Honours, Masters by coursework or Research Higher Degreee students AND
  • Currently enrolled AND
  • Undertaking subjects and/or degrees in Art History at the University of Melbourne (which includes the fields of historical and contemporary art, art curatorial studies and art theory)

For more information and too apply visit the website http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/scholarships-prizes/current-students/ursula-hoff-scholarship.html