Anne & Gordon Samstag
International Visual Arts Scholarships

The Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships were established in 1991 through the generous bequest of the late Gordon Samstag, an American artist who taught from 1961 to 1970 at the South Australian School of Art, now the School of Art, Architecture and Design, a part of the University of South Australia.

Gordon Samstag's will provided funds for awarding annual scholarships enabling Australian visual artists to 'study and develop their artistic capacities, skills and talents outside Australia'. This remarkable gift ranks as one of the very great bequests to visual arts education in Australia.

Samstag Scholarships are administered by the University of South Australia through the Samstag Museum of Art behalf of Gordon Samstag's United States-based trustee, the Bank of America.

Each scholarship covers reasonable costs for twelve months overseas, and includes a generous tax-exempt stipend, return airfares, personal travel and medical insurance, as well as institutional fees for one academic year of study where applicable.

140 Samstag Scholarships have been awarded to date.

2019 Samstag Scholarships 

Applications to become a 2019 Samstag Scholar
are NOW OPEN, closing 30 June 2018.

This year, the application process is online.

Read the guidelines and apply.

2018 Samstag Scholars

In 2017, The University of South Australia announced 
Sasha Grbich (SA) and Julian Day (NSW) as our
2018 Samstag Scholars. Congratulations to both artists!

READ: Andrew Purvis (SA) and Jenna McKenzie (SA) on our 2018 Samstag Scholars


ArtsHub: Samstag Scholarship gives artists agency over their education

ArtsHub: International opportunities for local artists

ArtGuide: Julian Day and Sasha Grbich awarded 2018 Samstag scholarships