Call for Entries!

Call for Entries!

9 Nov 2017 - 12:32 BY The Arts Society

The Art History Abroad Scholarship is an annual award open to 16-19 year olds. 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.  

I was lucky enough to be awarded the Art History Abroad Scholarship (formerly the Sir Trenchard Cox Scholarship) after submitting two short essays arguing my stance on one piece of art/architecture/sculpture which I love (David’s ‘The Death of Marat’), and one which I loathe (The Shard). The generous prize of a place on the Northern Italy course ended up being two of the most exciting weeks of not just learning, but fun, imaginable… Although our group began the trip as an incoherent group of individuals, we all left as friends bonded by the truly unforgettable experience we shared in Italy while learning from the brilliant, engaging and knowledgeable tutors in an intellectually and socially stimulating environment…My only regret is that the course was not longer!” - Bea Chantler-Hicks, Winner 2017


Applicants must be at least 16 and no older than 19 on 5th March 2018.  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 midday on Monday 5th March, 2018. Late entries will not be accepted. All applicants will be notified 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 fee and therefore the scholarship 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 2018 will be allowed to use the scholarship against the following courses: Early Summer 6 week course 2018, all 2 week summer courses 2018, Late Summer and Autumn 6 week courses 2018 and Spring 6 week course 2019.


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

The deadline for submissions for the 2018 award is Monday 5th March, 2018.

Please submit your essays online by CLICKING HERE

The scholarship was established by Art History Abroad in 1998 in memory of past President of NADFAS (now The Arts Society), Sir Trenchard Cox, after whom it was originally named.


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