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.


Sina Panja

An Archaeological History of Independence

Materials relating to her study of archaeological research in 1930-50, the era preceding and succeeding India's independence

Rakesh Dhawade

Indian arms in the UK

To study Indian arms and armour collections in the UK and their display and conservation

Vidya Nand Singh

Digital Asset Management Systems

To study new developments in computer based documentation systems in the UK

Dr Arati Deshpande Mukherjee

Archaeological Molluscan Research

For training in scientific techniques for application in archaeological molluscan research, at the University of Cambridge

C T Dorji

Caring for Textiles

Research on textiles, including their proper maintenance and display, in UK museums

Kristine Michael

Pioneers of the Indian pottery movement

In this visit I concentrated on the 19th century and used the National Art Library at the V&A and the British Library as well as studying museum and archival collections in Alton, Nottingham, Brighton, Swansea, Stoke-on-Trent, Osborne House etc. On both my two visits to the UK under the auspices of the NTICVA I had a simply charged time, absorbing everything, particularly the intense discussions with the Indian section at the V&A Museum as to how to present objects in a historical framework, and in the wider perspective of  a post-colonial setting.

Yasmin Hales

Contemporary Indian Tribal Art

Research towards a socio-cultural study of Indian contemporary tribal artists

Dr Christopher Pinney

India Pop Culture

Research in Delhi, Dehra Dun, Mussoorie, Kanpur and Calcutta on aspects of popular visual culture

Julia Shaw

Sacred Landscapes

Research on the sacred landscape of Sanchi and its neighbourhood

Nesaratnam Devasahayam

Study of prehistoric foreign tools in Indian Museums and Indian prehistoric antiquities in UK Museums and Institutions

This grant allowed me to start a larger study of prehistoric Indian antiquities in both Indian and UK museums. The report which I submitted to the NTICVA at the end of the grant had chapters on foreign tools in Indian tools in UK museums such as the Institute of Archaeology, the British Museum, the Liverpool Museum, the Ashmolean Museum, the Pitt Rivers Museum., who supplied me with literature and some photographs.