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.

2018 Samstag Scholars

The University of South Australia is delighted to announce 
Sasha Grbich (SA) and Julian Day (NSW) as our
2018 Samstag Scholars! Congratulations to both artists!

Read essays on Grbich and Day by Andrew Purvis (SA) and Jenna McKenzie (SA).

READ: Media Release

READ: Art Guide: Julian Day and Sasha Grbich awarded 2018 Samstag scholarships


2019 Samstag Scholarships 

Applications for 2019 Samstag Scholarships OPEN SOON. This year, the application process will be online. See details.