Nehru Trust Awards

Nehru Trust Awards

The Trust aims to achieve its mission by making it possible for scholars and professionals from India and the UK to develop and share skills relevant to these subjects and to gain access to Indian cultural resources both in India and in the UK.

The Trust’s primary activity is an annual awards programme for individual scholars and museum professionals from both countries in order to enable them to study, carry out research or undertake training in both India and the UK. The awards programme is announced each autumn; awards are made in late March and must be taken up within the subsequent year (1 April to 31 March).

The Trust also administers grants on behalf of the V&A Jain Art Fund, and works in collaboration with the Charles Wallace India Trust with whom it offers an annual joint UK Visiting Fellowship.


Dr V Selvakumar

To attend and deliver a paper at the international conference "Proto-globalisation in the Indian Ocean world: multidisciplinary perspectives" in Oxford, UK.

Shailka Mishra

Art Activity in the Amber-Jaipur region through the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries

The above mentioned project is in conjunction with my ongoing PhD thesis. The award given to me in 2012, was timely while I was collecting sources for my thesis. It has been of immense help in expanding and enriching my primary and secondary material. I was able to examine major collections of Indian paintings at various museums in UK. I had access to many publications on Indian art (especially sale catalogues) which are not easily available in India.

Madhu Rani K. P.

Participation in the Buddhist Art Forum at the Courtauld and undertaking a brief internship at the Natural History Museum to study the conservation of Palm leaf manuscripts.


Vishakha Kawathekar

Work with Professor Adam Hardy at the University of Wales in Cardiff on the continuing theoretical re-construction of the temples at Ashapuri, Madhya Pradesh.

Urmila Mohan

Clothing as Material of Religious Subjectivity in ISKCON India.

My project was part of a doctoral study of clothing as religious materiality in the Hindu group called ISKCON or “International Society for Krishna Consciousness”. The India Travel Award helped fund my research trips to the sacred town of Vrindavan to study the embroidery industry and to the Calico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad, Gujarat to view Indian textile artefacts.

Jill-Marie Reese

Visual regimes and enduring narratives in Tamil Nadu.

Kristina Mandy

The 'Sword of Damocles' conservation treatment project.

The Nehru travel award was for a placement on a paintings conservation project at the Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSVMS) Museum in Mumbai, India.

During the placement I treated an oil painting on canvas titled The Sword of Damocles by Antoine Dubost. I participated in this treatment with my classmate Pearl O'Sullivan, two Courtauld Institute of Art graduates Harriet Pearson and Mark Coombs, and under the supervision of senior conservator Anupam Sah and Professor Aviva Burnstock.

Pearl O'Sullivan

The 'Sword of Damocles' conservation treatment project.

In 2012, I was the fortunate recipient of a Nehru India Travel Award which allowed me to take part in the exciting conservation project of restoring Antoine Dubost's 'Sword of Damolces' at the CSVMS Museum, Mumbai. The project involved assisting in the second stage the Dubost project which has been an on-going collaboration between the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and the CSMVS in Mumbai since July 2011. This second stage focused on the structural conservation of the painting - a nineteenth century oil on canvas painted by the French academic painter Antoine Dubost in 1804.

R Ramesh

The examination of emerging settlement patterns between the Iron Age and the Medieval period in Salem region of Tamilnadu

SB Darsana

A study of burial customs in Tamil Nadu through the ages