Keith & Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship (Art)


The Keith & Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship (Art) is provided to enable graduates from VCA, School of Art from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music to travel abroad and enjoy a measure of financial support during the early years of their professional careers. It is offered biennially in odd years ( 2019, 2021 etc.), and culminates in the biennial Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Fellowship Exhibition, held in the Margaret Lawrence Gallery. 


The value of the scholarship is expected to be $25,000.

Open and closing dates

The application process for this scholarships is currently under review and will be updated shortly.

This is a biennial scholarship, and will be available in odd years.

Criteria and eligibility

Candidates for the award must hold, or be eligible as a graduand to hold, a Bachelor of Fine Art, Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual Art), Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) (Visual Art), Graduate Certificate in Visual Art, Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Art, Postgraduate Diploma of Contemporary Art, Master of Fine Art, Master of Visual Art or Master of Contemporary Art arising out of studies completed in the discipline of Art at the Faculty or the VCA. Applicants must have graduated, or be eligible to graduate, from the discipline of Art at the Faculty or the VCA within the four years immediately preceding the date of submission of the application for the fellowship; and be an Australian citizen or have resided in Australia for the four years immediately preceding the date of submission of the application for the fellowship.

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by the selection committee on the basis of:

  • artistic and merit, as demonstrated by previous academic achievement (VCE or equivalent; other tertiary results) and CV;
  • career aspirations (addressed through questions in the application process);
  • the provision of 3 images only, reflecting current work;
  • travel/study/project plan (outlining teacher/masterclass/tertiary intentions; detailed budget requirements; letters of support; etc); and
  • likely success in completing the proposed course of study / benefitting from the travel plan (addressed through questions in the application process).

Applications will be assessed by a selection committee on the criteria above, in addition to student's previous results attained and the integrity of the proposed travel/study plan. Short listed applicants will be asked to exhibit work in the biennial Murdoch exhibition, held in the Margaret Lawrence Gallery. Should the selection committee consider that two or more applicants are of equal merit, they may require applicants to submit further additional work. The selection committee may award the Fellowship and/or minor prizes to the artist/s who have submitted the most outstanding application/s. The selection committee may further decline to make the award, should the standard not be sufficiently high, or to make minor prizes only. The Dean, on the recommendation of the graduate committee, will approve the recipients, who will be notified via post of the outcome. All other unsuccessful recipients will be emailed.

Additional requirements/information

To accept this scholarship, successful recipients are required to write a letter of thanks and provide an artistic biography for the donors or trustees. On occasion recipients will be contacted to provide a progress report.

The period of 18 months during which the Fellowship is, or any minor awards are, tenable, will be deemed to begin on the date of the payment of the first instalment or on any such later date as may be determined. Every Fellowship holder must forward to the Scholarships Office every six months a report regarding the work in which he or she is engaged, and a final report following the completion of the work.

How to apply

Refer to the Open and Closing Dates section above for the application link. The link will only be visible during the application period.

The application will require personal information, including course and year level, and some questions addressing the selection criteria listed above. You will be required to attach some documents, such as CV and academic transcript and, where relevant, there will be the option to include any support material that gives weight to your application. Where financial need is a consideration, you'll also be asked to provide an estimate of your budget for the year ahead.