Samstag Scholarship 2025

Medium / category: All mediums

Requirements: Applicants must propose a study program that will further their studies in the visual arts overseas

Eligibility: The Scholarships are open to students, recent graduates and applicants who have been graduates of more than five years standing

Associated institutions: Samstag Museum of Art & University of South Australia, Adelaide

Exhibition dates: TBC

The annual Samstag Scholarships enable Australian artists to develop their artistic capacities and skills through a dedicated period of practice-based learning in an international learning institution.

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, a part of the University of South Australia.


The scholarship provides each artist with institutional fees for one academic year of study and a $70,000 tax free allowance and covers travel expenses to a leading international art school of their choice.

Study programs must constitute practice-led visual art programs under the formal auspices of an institution approved by the Samstag Museum.


Successful applicants will be selected in Adelaide by a selection committee comprising the Head/Director and a senior academic staff member of the South Australian School of Art and one practising artist not employed by the University of South Australia.

Previous Winners and Finalists

Previous successful applicants include Georgia Saxelby, Sasha Grbich, Elyas Alavi, Soda Jerk, Shaun Gladwell, Angela Valamanesh and Megan Walch.

For Artists
What you need to know

Applicants that meet the above criteria must submit an expression of interest, which includes visual documentation and a proposal outlining the study program and desired institution.

Academic achievement in the visual arts is not the sole qualification evaluated by the selectors. First consideration is given to the quality and stage of development of the applicant’s work, as shown in the visual documentation supplied. The selection committee will also consider the applicant’s written proposal and potential for further development through the proposed program of overseas study.

For a detailed list of eligibility requirements, check out this year’s application guidelines here.

Dates for your diary

Open for Entries: Entries close 30 June 2024

To enter, visit the prize’s website here.

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