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Dr Ursula Hoff
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About Ursula Hoff
Dr Ursula Hoff AO OBE LLD PhD (Hamburg) D Lit (Monash), was born in 1909, London
and died in 2005, Melbourne. Dr Hoff’s distinguished career encompassed art history, curatorship and museum management at the University of Melbourne and the
National Gallery of Victoria. Educated at Hamburg, she was among the pivotal first generation of European-trained art historians who introduced the subject to Australian universities. Dr Hoff was a lecturer in the then-Department of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne and worked at the National Gallery of Victoria, becoming its assistant director from 1968-1973. She became the London Advisor to the Felton Bequest from 1975-1983.
Dr Hoff was a foundation fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1970 and member of the Council of the National Library of Australia. Her numerous scholarly publications include studies of Arthur Boyd, Charles Conder, John Brack and William
Aims of the Internship
Dr Ursula Hoff bequeathed funds to the University of Melbourne to establish an Internship for the study and promotion of prints held in the print collections of the University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria. In recognition of Dr Hoff’s scholarly and professional achievements, the Internship will be awarded annually to a candidate displaying a commitment to research into prints, the history of print collecting and the scholarly activities of museums and universities.
The internship aims to:
• Encourage research into prints held by the University of Melbourne and the National
Gallery of Victoria, and by extension research into the history of prints and print
collecting in Australia
• Encourage scholarly activity within the print collections of the University of Melbourne
and the National Gallery of Victoria
• Support the professional and intellectual development of an early career researcher
• Promote interest in prints and print collecting
The Ursula Hoff Internship will be offered annually. The value of the award in will be $25,000. The duration of the award will be not less than three months and not more than six months. The Intern will be offered research access to collections relevant to their research at the University of Melbourne and the NGV, subject to the collection access protocols relevant to specific collections.
Eligibility to apply
The Ursula Hoff Internship is open to an early career researcher who has completed a Master of Arts (MA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Art, Art History, Arts Management or Art Curatorship at a recognised Australian university.
Applicants should have completed an MA, MFA or PhD degree no more than three years prior to the closing date of applications.
Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the study and promotion of prints and print collecting in Australia. Applicants must nominate a research project dedicated to research into prints and the history of print collecting Australia that will be undertaken within the print collections of the University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria. The research project must be achievable within the collection access protocols relevant to nominated collections.