The Trenchard Cox Art History Abroad Scholarship was established in memory of Sir Trenchard Cox, a former president of NADFAS (now The Arts Society), and is run jointly by The Arts Society and Art History Abroad. It is an annual award open to 16-18 year olds inclusive, and the prize is a place* on a two week Art History Abroad (AHA) summer course in Venice, Florence and Rome. The scholarship candidates must submit two 400-word essays: one on a work of art they love and one on a piece that they loathe. Past topics have ranged from Tracey Emin's Bed to the National Theatre and from Rembrandt's Jewish Bride to Picasso's Guernica.

The Scholarship awards the winner the value of an Art History Abroad 2-week summer course (£3,975 in 2017). AHA courses are led by enthusiastic tutors who will bring the art of the Renaissance and the culture of Italy to life. The scholarship is open to all, but is particularly intended to encourage students who do not have a scholarly interest in art history. It will be awarded as result of a competition, which invites an imaginative, though not necessarily art historical, response.  

The 2018 winner, Noel Masal, had the following to say:

“I’m currently a senior Visual Art major at a performing arts high school in New York City. In the fall, I will attend Tufts University and double major in Environmental Science and Sustainability and Visual Art.

I happened upon Art History Abroad and the scholarship one day last summer. I had been doing an environmental summer internship where I worked as a field researcher in a marsh. It definitely was not the best experience and I was determined to have a better summer next year, especially before college. I take Italian in school so I always wanted to go to Italy and speak the language.

I searched for summer abroad opportunities for teens to go to Italy and I found Art History Abroad, along with the Northern Italy II video. It looked like so much fun and the prompt for the scholarship looked very interesting to write about.
I saw the email that I had won the scholarship at 7 am when I woke up for school and for the rest of the day I felt untouchable. A very nice way to wake up, indeed! I am completely honored and overjoyed to have won the scholarship and I can already tell that this will be an experience I’ll never forget.” - Noel Masal, Winner 2018


Applicants must be at least 16 and no older than 18 years of age on 5th March 2020. Exceptions to this do apply, contact Art History Abroad for further details.


Applicants are asked to submit two 400-word reasoned descriptions;

  1. A building, painting, sculpture or work of decorative art which they truly enjoy.
  2. A building, painting, sculpture or work of decorative art which they loathe.

The essays must be supported by no more than two photographs or drawings no larger than 10 x 15 cm. The adjudicators will look for good and daring arguments to support the applicant's assertions. Their decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.


Entries must be received no later than no later than 17.00 (GMT)- 5th March 2020.  Late entries will not be accepted. All applicants will be notified of the results and the winner will receive the course itinerary and correspondence in the same manner as other students joining the AHA trip. 


The value of the scholarship is Art History Abroad's fee for a summer course. This covers a return flight, accommodation, all museum entry fees, travel and tuition. 

NB: the prize does NOT cover daily expenses such as lunch, supper or spending money. Students are asked to meet these costs (£35 - £38 per day). Travel insurance is NOT included.


A successful applicant may wish to transfer the value of the 2 week summer course to an Art History Abroad six weeks gap year course but he/she will have to pay the balance of the fees. Otherwise the value of the Scholarship may NOT be transferred or cashed in. If the winner is unable to take up the place offered the benefit of the Scholarship will be offered to the runner up. The winner in 2020 will be allowed to use the scholarship against the following courses: Early Summer 6 week course 2020, all 2 week summer courses 2020, Late Summer and Autumn 6 week courses 2020 and Spring 6 week course 2020.


Applicants must register their intention to apply for the scholarship with Art History Abroad in advance:

The deadline for submissions for the 2020 award is 17:00 GMT 5th March