• AHA has funded scholarships and awards for many years to the tune of almost £100,000 and we have recently added more avenues for you to pursue.  There is the Trenchard Cox Art History Scholarship, The AHA Musical Award and AHA Bursary Awards and Grants.

    We also sponsor other prizes, such as SpoKe and ARTiculation, a full list of which is on the Student Resources tab above.  Furthermore, we are sponsors of Easel, an organisation that helps those looking for employment in the art world, and we are associates of Art History Matters which sets out to actively promote Art History.

    Beyond the above, there are Trusts and granting bodies who can help match fund scholarships and awards which you have won. See our More Student Resources page.



    “The Scholarship, established in memory of Sir Trenchard Cox, awards the winner an Art History Abroad 2-week Summer Course (£4,300 in 2020*) in Italy.  It is run in association with The Arts Society who kindly collect the entries and collate the marks.

    The Scholarship is open to all, and is particularly intended to encourage students who do not have a scholarly interest in art history. It will be awarded as a result of a competition, which invites an imaginative, though not necessarily art historical response.

    AHA will ask the winner and runners up to do one of the following: a) write a 500 word blog on an aspect of the course b) to post once a week during the course on Instagram tagging AHA and c) to write a review of the course on Gooverseas.com.

    The basics

    • Apply through the link below.
    • Send in your entry before 17.00 (GMT) Thursday, 5 March 2020.
    • We will announce the winner on Tuesday, 17 March, 2020. First Prize is £4,300 equivalent to an AHA  2 week Summer Course.

    Eligibility & Deadline

    Applicants must be at least 16 and no older than 18 years of age on 5 March 2020. Occasionally exceptions to this do apply, contact Art History Abroad for further details.

    Entries for the Scholarship must be received by The Arts Society no later than 17.00 (GMT) on 5 March 2020. Late entries will not be accepted.


    Applicants are asked to submit two 400-word reasoned descriptions of a work of art (to include architecture, decorative arts and design); the first to be a work the applicant loves; the second must be a work which they loathe.

    The essays must be supported by no more than two photographs (one per essay) or drawings no larger than a sheet of A4 paper. The adjudicators will look for good and daring arguments to support the applicant’s assertions. The team of adjudicators, who are appointed jointly by The Arts Society and Art History Abroad, will assemble a short list of entrants to be decisively assessed by a distinguished figure in the world of art – TBC.  The decision of the adjudicators and the final judge cannot be reviewed.

    Register your interest and Submit Entries

    Register your interest

    Submit entries

    N.B. All submitted entries are judged anonymously, so please feel free to fill in an Application form and join the interview process with our recruitment team.  However, we will only ask you to fill in the actual Registration Form if you will join the course irrespective of whether to receive the award.

    Fees & Spending Money

    The value of the Scholarship is Art History Abroad’s fee for any 2-week Summer Course (£4,300 in 2020). This covers accommodation in Italy, all museum entry fees, travel and tuition upon the course in Italy.  No cash alternative is available. It may also be used against a longer course, see Transferability below.


    The fee and therefore the scholarship does NOT cover lunch, supper or spending money. Students are asked to meet these daily expenses of about £40 daily. Travel insurance and flights are NOT included.

    Option to transfer value

    If a successful scholar wishes to transfer the value of the 2-week Summer Course to one of the Art History Abroad courses specified below, he/she will need 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 2020 will be allowed to put the Scholarship award towards the following courses: Early Summer 6-week Course 2020, any 2-week Summer Courses 2020, Late Summer 3-week and Autumn 6-week Courses 2020 and Spring 6-week Course 2021 as well as the Spring 6-week Course to India in 2021.

    Previous winners

    2018 – Noël Masal.
    “I’m currently a senior Visual Art major at a performing arts high school in New York City. In the fall, I will attend Tufts University and double major in Environmental Science and Sustainability and Visual Art.

    I happened upon Art History Abroad and the scholarship one day last summer. I had been doing an environmental summer internship where I worked as a field researcher in a marsh. It definitely was not the best experience and I was determined to have a better summer next year, especially before college. I take Italian in school so I always wanted to go to Italy and speak the language.

    I searched for summer abroad opportunities for teens to go to Italy and I found Art History Abroad, along with the Northern Italy II video. It looked like so much fun and the prompt for the scholarship looked very interesting to write about.
    I saw the email that I had won the scholarship at 7 am when I woke up for school and for the rest of the day I felt untouchable. A very nice way to wake up, indeed! I am completely honored and overjoyed to have won the scholarship and I can already tell that this will be an experience I’ll never forget.”

    Read Noël’s account of her trip on our blog.

    Who was Trenchard?

    Sir (George) Trenchard Cox. Lucinda Douglas-Menzies/National Portrait Gallery, London

    The Scholarship was established by Art History Abroad in 1998 in memory of past President of NADFAS (the former name of The Arts Society), Sir Trenchard Cox (1905 – 1995) and until 2017 it was named after him.

    Sir Trenchard Cox was an enchanting man. He died in 1995 leaving deep in the memory of those who knew him a quality of old world manners and warm wit. He was kind to everyone and encouraged all he met in their delight of beautiful things. It is perhaps this facet of his character that made him such a good Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) where, it is said, he made time each week to walk around the great halls of the museum talking to the wardens whose solitary task it is to guard the collection.  He was an “everyman”.

    Furthermore, his devotion to the principal that museums serve all people made him a leader in museum education. To this end some galleries were laid out with different types of objects put into a historical setting and thus into context. This aspect of his work as an educator has perhaps been of the greatest influence on me, as Director of AHA .  Sir Trenchard Cox was also a constant support to Patricia Fay in the early days when she founded NADFAS (now known as The Arts Society) and rejoiced in being President.

    My initial acquaintance with Sir Trenchard was forged through my mother, who was a cousin by marriage.  Indeed Maisie, Trenchard’s wife, who was herself a great expert on mosaics, is the namesake of our daughter Cosima Maisy Ross. Aged nineteen I was encouraged by my mother to meet Trenchard as I cast about looking for an enthusiasm in life that would turn into a career. He was good fun to meet, partly because he seemed to know everything, even modern stuff, but also because he would forget what drink I had asked for as he made his way to the drinks trolley.  Rather than ask again he would put a little of everything that was already open into a large glass. It was rocket fuel and any indolent shyness I might have had gave way to rich conversation.

    So, for many reasons, this is an important prize for those concerned, and we hope it will be for those who take part.  Intertwined with it are threads which start with a remarkable man who did so much to found The Arts Society and influence me at Art History Abroad.  The sense of self belief that winning this substantial prize has engendered in past winners would have touched Trenchard and his sense of Art being for all.

    Nicholas Ross

















  • The winners of the inaugural 2019 AHA Music Scholarship were Rachel Oyawale and Maanya Patel who both joined our Late Summer Course for 5 days in Florence and 3 evenings at the amazing New Generation Festival in the gardens of the Palazzo Corsini.  See our Instagram “Late Summer” story to see what they got up to.

    The 2020 AHA Music Scholarship – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY 15th JUNE

    Our Music Scholarship offers the winner the chance to join the Florence section of our Late Summer Course  in August. They will spend six days in Florence and three evenings at the marvellous New   Generation Festival which is a new event created to showcase brilliant young musicians.  An appeal to all five senses; this course embraces music, drawing, gastronomy, archaeology, ecology, poetry, opera, history and of course art!

    There are two companies involved in the scholarship: Art History Abroad and the New Generation Festival who generously fund the scholars’ attendance at the festival. They have also agreed to help adjudicate this year’s competition.

    Deadline & Eligibility

    Entries for the Scholarship must be received no later than 17.00 (GMT) on 15th June 2020. We have had a number of requests from students interested in applying to our Music Scholarship asking for an extension due to upheaval as students find their way back home and settle into online learning (though thank you to those who have already applied!). We understand these weeks have taken some time to process. We hear you and we want to help! We are offering an extension until the 14th of April 2020. With just under three weeks we hope you will find this sufficient time to catch your breath and look forward to something exciting. For details on the Music Scholarship find the link in our bio or check out our stories. You may have also heard that all deposits for registration forms sent in between March 12th and August 1st will be fully refundable.

    Applicants must be at least 17 on the day of the deadline and under 19*.  Late entries will not be accepted. All applicants will be notified by email.


    We welcome performers from any musical background and any musical genre. To enter, applicants must supply a link to a video of themselves performing their piece live, even if it’s only recorded at home in a bedroom with a phone.  We recommend YouTube or Vimeo.

    Your recording must be no shorter than 2 minutes and no longer than 6 minutes. Extracts of longer pieces are welcome and it may be your own or someone else’s composition.

    Applicants are also required to write a brief paragraph (200 words) telling us about themselves and why they would love to travel to Italy on one of our courses.

    The adjudicators will be appointed by Art History Abroad and their decision will be final.

    How to apply

    * indicates obligatory field

    What is the title of the piece you are performing?
    Is this your own composition?
    Please add a link to your video:
    Upload your 200 words in a Word document using your initials and birth month as the file name e.g. LMHSeptember. Your names should not appear anywhere in the file.
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    You will get a "thank you" message once this form is successfully submitted and then a confirmation email. If you do not receive these, the application has not been processed, so please email us, info@arthistoryabroad.com, so we know you want to apply for the musical scholarships.

    N.B. ON NO ACCOUNT fill in our Course Application form unless you intend to come on a course whether or not you are the successful winner of the Scholarship.

    Fees & Spending Money

    The value of the Scholarship is Art History Abroad’s fee for the Florence section of the 2020 Late Summer Course (£1,240). This covers accommodation in Italy, an amazing programme of instruction, site visits, activities, all museum entry fees, all travel connected with teaching, expert tuition and course leadership.


    The successful applicant may wish to attend the rest of the Late Summer Course 2020, in which case the full fee would be discounted by the £1,240, the value of the scholarship. 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 a runner up.


    The fee, and therefore the scholarship, does NOT cover lunch, supper or spending money. Students are asked to meet these daily expenses of about £38 – £40 PER DAY. Travel insurance and flights are NOT included.

    * Please bear in mind that this competition is aimed at those currently in their last year of school or on their gap year as the dates may clash with school terms.

    NGF photography © Guy Bell, GBPhotos.com

  • AHA offers Bursary Awards and Grants for students who want to join an AHA Course. Please note: The Awards, Grants and the Early-bird Subtractions described below can be added together to a maximum of 20% of the fees of an AHA Course.  Awards and Grants are made at AHA’s discretion and are contingent on a student successfully completing the application and interview process.

    Travel Awards – Many schools, colleges and universities have travel grants which are often under utilized.  They are usually awarded to students who have their own specific experience to pursue or particular courses which they want to take up.  The nature of AHA’s on site study and the impressive range of what we see is very appealing to institutions who seek value in return for their money.  AHA’s timetable and our defined outcomes make clear the scope and depth of our courses. Should a student receive an award from their school or university, we will match fund it up to a maximum of 10% of the AHA course fees, whether a 6-week gap year course or a 2-week summer course.

    AHA Bursary Awards – In cases where we can clearly perceive need, AHA is happy to explore a bursary option for a student.  On the review of written or created work, together with a statement from parents and a reference from the student’s school or previous school, we will review an application for a bursary.  The bursary award is between 5 – 10% of the total course fees based on funds available and the strength of the student’s work and advocates.  These funds are generated from the profitability of AHA and will fluctuate from year to year. 

    Affiliated Art History Awards – AHA sponsors two competitions, ARTiculation and SpoKe both of which award prizes.  AHA will will match fund those awarded by these competitions up to a maximum of 10% of the AHA course fees, whether a six week gap year course or a two week summer course.

    We welcome inquirers on these issues, so please feel free to contact us directly on +44 1379 871800 or email info@arthistoryabroad.com

    It is useful to note that success in one Award can often lead to success in another.  So, please consider that if you receive one award, you should take it to other institutions and ask for match funding on the basis of your success.

    AHA also offers the following Grants.

    Word of Mouth Grant. An organisation like AHA welcomes word of mouth recommendations and we feel that both parties, the recommended and those recommending, should be rewarded. So, if you recommend a friend who joins an AHA course, we will give you 2.5% of the fees when they have completed the course.  As the student recommended, we will reduce your fees by 5%, assuming you have successfully completed the application and interview process.

    There are sibling Grants too. These are valued at 7.5% of the course fees in question and apply to brothers, sisters and cousins (with proof of lineage!).  For the second and third sibling, the grant rises to 10% and 12.5% respectively and the latter being the maximum sibling grant for further siblings.

    Alumni Grants of 10% are available to the children, nephews, nieces and godchildren of alumni and where alumni have married the grant is a celebratory 15% of the fees for their children, nephews, nieces and godchildren.

    An adult client Grant.  Either through AHA’s Dilettante programme or through AHA’s Adult Tailor Made tours, there is a 7.5% grant available to children, grandchildren, godchildren, nephews and nieces of our adult clients..

    Early-bird subtractions of 5% are available on registration forms received no later than the 182nd completed day before day 1 or the start date of the course in question (approximately 6 months).  The Early-bird subtraction can be applied in addition to the Grants described above and any other award (up to a maximum of 20% of the fees) except the travel award from schools or colleges.





  • Since 2015, we have been co-sponsors of the SPoKE Competition, an art documentary competition from those in Yrs 11, 12 and 13.  Any one work may be chosen as the subject of a 5 – 7 minute film.

    We have been a major supporter of the ARTiculation since 2015 – a public speaking competition, ARTiculation works across England, Scotland, Ireland and Italy.

    We are a Silver Member of the Easel Initiative, a social mobility initiative set up to help further equal opportunity and accessibility within the art industry and support and encourage people of all backgrounds to consider it a viable career choice.

    We are a proud Patron and an Angel Sponsor of the New Generation Festival in Florence. Read Director Nick’s account of our 2018 trip.