Each year six candidates of particular merit are selected from among all applicants to receive the following scholarships:

Born into a numerous and loving family in Kortenberg, Belgium, Liesbeth studied history of art and museology at the Universities of Leuven and Florence. In 1997 following an internship in the Cultural Department of the European Commission in Brussels, Liesbeth joined the internship program at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. She quickly emerged as a star, and took a position managing the entire internship program. She was later promoted to press and communications officer. By this time she was becoming well known among the public and private cultural institutions of Venice and was widely admired for her hard work, her strong sense of duty and commitment, her efficiency and perhaps above all for her sweet and charming personality. In 2005 Liesbeth transferred to the director's office of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, where she was responsible for managing public relations, principally with the Foundation’s trustees. Shortly before her departure she married the Swiss-Austrian architect Leo Schubert, a widely respected figure in the field of Venetian architectural conservation. After a year in America, Leo and Liesbeth jointly decided to return to their beloved Venice. In January 2006 Liesbeth rejoined the Peggy Guggenheim Collection where the director Philip Rylands gave her a new position as Director of External Affairs, with overall responsibility for membership, special events, fundraising, communications and public relations. In her role she became a very important and well-loved member of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection’s small staff and a key figure in the museum’s relations with its patrons: local authorities, benefactors and especially the international Advisory Board of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Liesbeth passed away on July 29, 2007, in Venice.

The scholarship in the name of Liesbeth Bollen allows students and recent graduates with an academic and professional profile in the field of communication, marketing and external relations to take part in the program for a period of three months with a monthly subsidy of € 1,000.

The candidate for this scholarship is selected from the most deserving trainees already admitted to the Internship program.

A native of Italy and longtime resident of the United States, Veronica Bulgari has coupled business skills with her passion for art and music and her commitment to civic, cultural, and educational causes. She currently represents the Bulgari company at special corporate events, speaking on its heritage and history. For many years she held managerial positions with its jewelry and fragrance divisions. Veronica graduated from Duke University with a BA in Art History and Political Science, and received her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art. She served on Duke’s Trinity Board of Visitors and now serves on the boards of the American Foundation for the Courtauld Institute and the National Academy Museum and School in New York. A collector of photography and contemporary art, she has helped sponsor several exhibits, including “Luigi Ghirri: Kodachrome” at the Aperture Foundation and “Piranesi as Designer” at Cooper Hewitt. She cofounded and is president of the Washington Square Park Conservancy in New York. Through Carnegie Hall Notables, Veronica helps to promote classical music to younger audiences and to engage their support for the Weill Music Institute’s philanthropic mission. She is a board member of Piano Outreach of New York, which offers underprivileged children professional instruction in piano, music theory, and music history. In the summer of 1985, Veronica interned at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection – an invaluable experience that she still cherishes. She is delighted that internships are now given in her name.

The candidate for this scholarship is selected from the most deserving trainees already admitted to the Internship program.

Educator, public servant, and philanthropist, Alice Ilchman endorsed in all her many responsibilities the value of internships – as she would say, “Work you can learn from.” Dr. Ilchman served on the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley, was Dean of Wellesley College, and President of Sarah Lawrence College. As a public servant, she was Assistant Secretary of State in the U.S. government, which included overseeing the Fulbright program and US libraries abroad. In philanthropy, among her many responsibilities, she was Chairman of the Board of the Rockefeller Foundation. With support from the Thomas Watson Foundation, she founded the Jeanette K. Watson Fellowship program that granted three summers of internships to fifteen undergraduate students annually. Some of her Watson Fellows interned at The Peggy Guggenheim.

Alice Stone Ilchman Fund
Established in 2008, thanks to an endowment by Warren Ilchman and the Ilchman family, the Alice Stone Ilchman scholarship enables a young student of art, art history or museum studies to participate for three months in the operations and educational programs of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, with a fellowship of €900 per month. Please note that interns eligible for the Alice Stone Ilchman scholarship are selected from amongst the accepted applicants of the Internship Program. Applicants do not apply for this fund directly.

The Alice Stone Ilchman Fund is also supported by Abigail Gillespie and her son, Nathan Clements-Gillespie.

Frederick Ilchman is the current Chair of the Art of Europe Department at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. During his thirteen years at the MFA he has organized major exhibitions and managed the loans of many international masterpieces. Assistant Curator in 2001, in 2009 he was appointed Mrs. Russell W. Baker Curator of Paintings. In 2009 he was the lead curator for the acclaimed Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice exhibition organized jointly with the Musée du Louvre. He is Chair of the Art of Europe at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A specialist of Italian Renaissance art, Frederick holds degrees in art history from Princeton and Columbia Universities, and a Ph.D. from Columbia. He is also Chairman of Save Venice Inc. He credits his 1992 internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection for helping shape his life’s work.

Beginning in 2014, thanks to a generous donation from the Ilchman and family who have sponsored the program since 2008 through the Alice Stone Ilchman Fund, an internship position is offered in the name of Frederick Ilchamn. Each year a candidate is selected based on academic record, career goals, and above all, motivation to pursue a career in art history and/or curatorship. The recipient has the opportunity to participate in the Internship Program at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, with a fellowship of €900 per month. Applicants do not apply for this fund directly.

Melissa Ulfane, born in South Africa and living between London and Paris, has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection for many years, as well as a trustee of the Guggenheim UK Charitable Trust. Ulfane studied English literature at Brasenose College, Oxford, and in 1997 founded the Pushkin Press, which was established to promulgate translated fiction from both classical and contemporary writers.

First awarded in 2014, the Melissa Ulfane scholarship provides one candidate per year with a fellowship of €1000 per month for the duration of a three-month placement. Open to international applicants who study art, art history or museum studies, the scholarship is awarded to a candidate who displays a keen interest in Venice, and its obligations to sustain the wider lagoon's delicate ecology in the face of increased tourism, pollution, and climate instability. Thanks to the generosity of Melissa Ulfane, the recipient of the scholarship will be enabled to participate in the operations of the Internship Program at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and to carry on a research project for the non-profit association We Are Here Venice.

Please note that interns eligible for the Melissa Ulfane scholarship are selected from amongst the accepted applicants of the Internship Program. Applicants do not apply for this fund directly.

The Anita Belgiorno-Nettis Fund towards the Internship Program at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a continuation of her dedicated support of the arts. As Belgiorno-Nettis said: “Having lived in Italy, U.S., Canada, Malaysia, and Australia, the relevance of cultural appreciation has always resonated in my life. This scholarship is an opportunity to strengthen this exchange between my country of birth, Italy, and my country of current residence, Australia. I am fortunate to have been associated with such a prestigious art institution for many years now and I am glad that I can offer this scholarship for students so that they may experience the quality of such institution and the magic of Venice.”

Belgiorno-Nettis was invited to join the Advisory Board of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in 2011, and in 2018 was appointed to the Executive Committee. In 2015 she was nominated as a Councillor for the Australian Participation in the Venice Biennale and her family foundation were a major donor for the construction of the new Australian Pavilion. In recognition of her significant service to the community, in 2019 she was awarded an AM, Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia. In 2020, Belgiorno-Nettis was also appointed Director of the Sydney Theatre Company, and has been a Director of its Foundation since 2013. Belgiorno-Nettis has endorsed in all her many responsibilities support of the arts, education and community services through social welfare and arts organisations.

Beginning in 2020, thanks to a generous donation by Anita Belgiorno-Nettis, this scholarship provides an Australian candidate per year with a fellowship of €1000 per month. Please note that candidates eligible for the Anita Belgiorno-Nettis scholarship are selected from amongst the accepted applicants of the Internship Program. Applicants do not apply for this fund directly.