The Cranbourne Fellowship at the British School at Rome


The Cranbourne Fellowship at the British School at Rome is provided to assist Visual Art alumni from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music to travel to the British School at Rome to undertake a three-month residency


The total value of the fellowship offered in 2018 is $25,000 and includes:

  • Residency costs for 3 months, at €11,000, paid directly to the British School at Rome, including accommodation and meals.
  • A lump sum payment of the remainder of the funds to cover return airfares to Italy, a stipend and other costs including medical insurance.

Timing of award

Semester 1 (2018 to 2020)

Eligible discipline or specialisation

Graduates of the Victorian College of the Arts who:

  • have demonstrated outstanding ability in the figurative traditions of painting; and
  • graduated from the VCA within the last 5 years. 

A shortlist of nominations will be invited to apply to the Head of Visual Art. The British School at Rome has the right to veto any applicant.

The Dean, on the recommendation of the Head of Visual Art, will approve the recipient, who will be notified of the outcome.

Terms and Conditions

The fellowship is for a three-month studio residency at the British School at Rome for a VCA visual artist alumnus/alumna. 

  • The British School at Rome will allocate a studio for this residency for a three-month period each year. The residency will be tenable October to December each year. The precise dates normally will be from the first working day after the 1 October to the last working day before 30 December.
  • The artist will be entitled to all meals provided in the British School at Rome without charge.
  • The artist will be expected to show work that has been produced during the residency in the group exhibition towards the end of the tenure. Each artist will be included in the British School at Rome’s annual Fine Arts catalogue.
  • Works of art are insured against third-party damage to a maximum of €3.6m.  There is no coverage for theft of artworks or personal belongings of award-holders.
  • The residency is personal to the artist appointed.
  • It is expected that the artist will be resident throughout the period, although brief trips elsewhere will be acceptable.
  • The artist must take out medical insurance for the duration of their tenure (including cover for medical repatriation).
  • The artist’s partner can be accommodated by prior agreement for strictly limited periods during the residency, but must pay for his/her board and lodging at the British School at Rome’s prevailing rates. Children cannot be accommodated.
  • The artist is required to submit a report on his/her residency within two months of completion to the British School at Rome and the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.

Additional requirements

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.

How to apply

Applications are not required. Nominations are made by the Head of discipline in consultation with academic staff. The Dean will approve the recipients.