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 Sunjay Jain

Museological Developments in the UK

To make an analytical study of museum practices in Britain and assess their relevance to the Indian context

Dr Damayanti Datta

Bilingual intelligentsia? Linguistic exchange in 19th Century Bengal

Research on the diffusion of English language and the rise of the bilingual intelligentsia of 19th century Bengal, at the British Library and other UK institutions

Dr Buddha Rashmi Mani

Study of terracotta and clay objects of the Kushan Period (1st to 4th century AD)

I am grateful to the Trust for awarding me the Fellowship to study Kushan terracottas in the museums in the UK at the appropriate time when I was excavating sites such as Kanishkapura and Ambaran (Akhnur) in Jammu and Kashmir related to the Kushan period - particularly the latter which is famous for earlier yields of typical Akhnur Buddhist terracotta heads.

R Balasubramanian

Amaravati marbles: Study and Care

The Government Museum, Chennai holds a very significant collection of sculptures, in particular the sculptures from the Buddhist site of Amaravati. I took up the Fellowship in November 2000 in order to see the collection of Amaravati sculptures in the British Museum and to learn about display and conservation techniques. I learned from the British Museum how they had refurbished the Hotung and Asahi Shimbun galleries. The British Museum has conserved all the Amaravati sculptures and then mounted them on steel frames supported by treated rubber cushions.

Nicholas Barnard

The Early Garden in India

Mark Elliott

Community and Identity in Calcutta

Research into the use of the Indian Museum in Calcutta as a focus of community and individual identity

Dr Jennifer Anne Howes

Mackenzie Collection Exhibition Research

Fieldwork in connection with research on the Mackenzie Collection

Colin Mackenzie (1754-1821) was the first Surveyor General of India. During his time in India he collected drawings of monuments, sculptures, people, animals and anything else that caught his interest.

The Mackenzie collection holds 1,680 drawings, made over more than 30 years. It is the largest single collection of British drawings in the Prints, Drawings and Photographs Section of the British Library's Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections.

Srinivas Suwada

Local gods and popular culture: a study of mother goddess worship in an urban setting

I was awarded this grant while pursuing doctoral research, and will submit my dissertation in summer 2001. The grant allowed me to travel to fieldsites, to undertake photography, and to cover other costs of fieldwork and report preparation and to achieve more ambitious documentation of craft and folk traditions than I would otherwise have achieved. It also made me self-confident, and strengthened and boosted my morale. I am planning to publish articles in academic journals and have lectured to American students on these topics.

Madhvendra Narayan

A study of problems in the care and handling of stone objects

Veluswamy Suthanthiran A

Nageswaraswamy Temple: a Study

The award provided the financial support to undertake a study of the temple, and allowed me to take photographs of the architecture and images in the temple. This research will assist me in my teaching of M.Phil and PhD students.