Venice Biennale Champions' Program

As the Education Partner for the Venice Biennale, the University of Melbourne in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts, is offering an exciting new opportunity to a graduate student in the Faculty of Arts to be part of the Venice Biennale Champions' Program held in Venice, Italy this September. This opportunity is made possible through the generosity of Krystyna Campbell-Pretty, a supporter of the 2019 Australia at the Venice Biennale project.

Applications open

25 Feb 2019

Applications closed

18 Apr 2019

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $5,000

Applicable study areas

Historical, philosophical, political and social studies

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be an enrolled University of Melbourne student undertaking graduate coursework or research in the area of Arts Management, Curatorship, Art History or History
    • complete the online application form
    • be available to attend the Champions’ Program in Venice between 29 September - 3 October 2019


    The successful recipient will accompany donors of the Australia Council for the Arts, known as 'Champions', who support Australia's representation at the 58th Venice Biennale, in an exclusive cultural program in Venice.

    Taking place between 29 September - 3 October 2019, the September Champions' program offers access to special events and opportunities to engage with contemporary art works at the Biennale and allows for a deeper engagement with Venice’s hidden treasures. Co-designed by Faculty of Arts historian, Dr Catherine Kovesi, highlights include a tour of the main Arsenale exhibition, the opportunity to meet and hear from exhibiting artist Angelica Mesiti and visits to significant institutions such as the Fondazione Prada and Museo Palazzo Grimani, as well as behind the scene visits to artists working in Venice. Full program details are available on request.

    As a graduate student ambassador of The University of Melbourne, this opportunity will provide the successful recipient with the unique opportunity of participating in an outstanding cultural program, which offers unparalleled insights into current best practice in contemporary exhibition and donor relations, and the importance of professional networking. In addition, the student will gain a deeper understanding of contemporary art and biennales, the cultural history of Venice and the impact of public and private patronage.

    The program would be relevant to University of Melbourne students undertaking research in the fields of contemporary visual art, international art biennales, fundraising and donor relations and Italian or Venetian art history and history. In addition to the five-day Champions’ program, applicants are encouraged to propose Venice-based research activities relevant to their current studies or projects.


    Successful recipients must:

    • accept the award online within 21 days
    • be responsible for making their own travel arrangements
    • complete the Champions Program (29 September - 3 October 2019)
    • acknowledge the Australia Council for the Arts in any publication, advertisement, lecture, seminar, workshop, performance or exhibition issuing from the scholarship
    • submit a final report addressed to the donor, detailing the impact of the opportunity on their future professional career and personal experience

    Selection criteria

    Selection criteria include:

    • the quality of the applicants' proposal
    • academic achievement
    • demonstrated relevance of the Champions' program to the applicants' studies and future career
  • Application process

    Eligible applicants must complete the online application form by 4pm 18 April. This will include a proposal addressing why the program will be relevant to their field of study or future career and the documents below:

    • curriculum vitae
    • current University of Melbourne statement of results/academic transcript and any other university transcripts
    • two academic or professional references
    • any other information to support your application that may assist the committee in making its decision.

    Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by the selection committee.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 6-8 weeks after the closing date.

What are the benefits?

$5,000 and registration in the September 2019 Champions’ Program delivered by the Australia Council for the Arts at the Venice Biennale, Italy.



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