​A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity open to Australian visual artists to complete a year-long placement in an international learning institution.

​Image: Madison BYCROFT, BIOPIC or Charles Geneviève Louis Auguste André Timothée, still, 2021. Courtesy the artist.

Anne & Gordon Samstag
International Visual Arts Scholarships

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.

Each scholarship covers institutional fees for one academic year and costs for twelve months overseas including a US $50,000 tax free allowance, airfares, and travel and medical insurance.

Applications for the 2022 Samstag Scholarships are now closed.



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.

Gordon Samstag's will provided funds for awarding annual scholarships enabling Australian visual artists to study and develop their artistic capacities, skills and talents outside Australia. This remarkable gift ranks as one of the very great bequests to visual arts education in Australia.

Samstag Scholarships are administered by the University of South Australia through the Samstag Museum of Art, on behalf of Gordon Samstag's United States trustee, the Bank of America.

146 scholarships have been awarded to date.



Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, acknowledges the Kaurna people as traditional custodians of the land upon which the Museum stands.