Harold Wright Scholarship and Sarah and William Holmes Scholarship

The Harold Wright Scholarship and the Sarah and William Holmes Scholarship are available for graduates of Australian or New Zealand universities to undertake intensive study of prints at the British Museum in London.

Applications open

5 Dec 2022

Applications closed

27 Mar 2023

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $50,000

Applicable study areas

Historical, philosophical, political and social studies; Language, literature and cultural studies

Number of scholarships awarded

One or more

  • Alice Clanachan
    "I am thrilled to be granted the opportunity to study in the British Museum Print Room and have access to the best print collection in the world. Many of my supervisors, colleagues and mentors are alumni of this scholarship and they cannot speak more highly of their experience at the British Museum. As an early-mid-career print curator, this scholarship will enable me to gain sustained insight into the history of Western printmaking and allow access to works I have been unable to see first-hand in Australian collections."
    - Alice Clanachan
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be a graduate of an Australian or New Zealand university, or have professional experience that the selection committee could consider to be of sufficient scholarly standard;
    • have a background involving the study of prints;
    • not be employed by any commercial art gallery or other art gallery run for profit; and,
    • not be engaged in art dealing on your own account or in partnership.

    Selection criteria

    The selection committee will award the recipient who best demonstrates how the scholarship and study at the British Museum would advance their career and work in prints.

  • Application process

    Submit an online application that includes:

    • proposed travel dates;
    • a statement outlining the proposed activities to be undertaken during the placement and how the scholarship will advance the applicant's career;
    • a budget;
    • two academic references or letters of support;
    • academic transcripts, including previous studies in prints;
    • a curriculum vitae of no more than two pages, including the applicant's present position;
    • copy of Australian or New Zealand Citizenship eg, passport, birth certificate, citizenship certificate; and,
    • any other information to support the application that may assist the committee in making its decision.
  • About the donor

    Harold Wright

    Harold Wright was an authority on prints with a world-wide reputation. In addition to academic honours and other marks of recognition, his advice was sought by almost every major art gallery with a department of prints. His association with Australia and New Zealand derives from his honorary services to the Felton Bequest and his life-long friendship with Sir Lionel Lindsay, as well as private collectors in both countries. The second scholarship is named in honour of the parents of Mrs. Wright.

What are the benefits?

Up to $50,000.

The scholarship will be used to support study in the British Museum print room for approximately 3-12 months. Applicants should state their proposed dates in their application and final dates will be subject to availability at the British Museum.

Recipients are required to:

  • accept the award online within 21 days; and
  • submit a final report.



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The information listed here is subject to change without notice. Where we have listed information about jointly run scholarships programs, please also see our partners' websites. Information describing the number and value of scholarships awarded is indicative.