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Anne & Gordon Samstag
International Visual Arts Scholarships

The Samstag Scholarship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity open to Australian visual artists to complete a year-long placement in an international learning institution.

The annual scholarships enable Australian artists to develop their artistic capacities and skills through a dedicated period of practice-based learning.

Applicants can select to study an Associate Fellowship, complete a year of undergraduate or postgraduate study, or a similar year-long placement in a learning institution.

Each scholarship covers costs for twelve months overseas, institutional fees for one academic year and a US $50,000 tax free allowance, airfares, travel and medical insurance.


READ: Guidelines for Applicants / Applications for the 2020 Samstag Scholarships have closed

READ: A profile of five Samstag Scholars



The Samstag 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, on behalf of Gordon Samstag's United States-based trustee, the Bank of America. 142 Samstag Scholarships have been awarded to date.

Our 2019 Scholars Elyas Alavi (SA) and Georgia Saxelby (NSW) will shortly begin their Masters of Fine Arts at Chelsea College of the Arts, University of the Arts, London, UK and Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania, US, respectively.
We wish them all the best!