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.


Jyoti Mehta

Living Art of Rajasthan & Uttar Pradesh

This award motivated and helped me to explore the art and cultural heritage of small folk pockets of Rajasthan & UP. I was pursuing my Masters in History of Art when I got this award. The classroom studies provide us with a theoretical know how of any subject. To get involved and understand the practical significance and importance of arts and culture in rural areas one has to deeply interact with the local habitats.

B Sekhar

Video documentation of museum objects in Tamil Nadu

The project bult on my earlier award from the NTICVA and focused on the Nayak temples in Tamil Nadu. This in turn led to a major research project funded by the University Grants Commission.

K Devaraj

Study and documentation of Chola Bronzes in the museums of India

This award was a timely help, when I was planning to document the Chola bronzes in and around the Thanjavur region for the visitors of our museum. After getting this award, I extended the area for collecting data on Chola bronzes to the museums of India. This gave me an opportunity to acquire the latest museum techniques and to gain more information about the provenance of Chola bronzes kept in different museums. I plan to bring out a small catalogue about Chola bronzes which will be useful to our visitors.

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.

R Samuel Santhosan

To study the urn burials of megalithic period of the Nagapattinam region

This award helped me to do the research on the burial systems, and to motivate my students to get involved in archaeological activities.

Dr B Jambulingam

Study of the origin and spread of Buddhism in Tamil Nadu with special reference to the Chola country

I felt very happy at the time of receiving the award as my burden was reduced to some extent. For my thesis " Buddhism in the Chola country" I had to cover nearly 100 villages in and around the region. During the fieldwork I was able to photograph nearly 50 granite Buddhas in the area for which the only financial support was the NTICVA grant. I was also able to contact museums inside and outside India to get photographs of Nagapattinam Buddha bronze sculptures. The grant allowed me to carry out and complete this work in a nice manner.

B Sekar

Documentation of Maratha monuments in Tamil Nadu

Karni Singh Jasol

Analytical study of museum education in Indian museums

I received the grant soon after completing my masters in museum management from the MS University of Baroda. The award came at the right point in my career. It gave me an opportunity to travel to important Indian museums and understand the status of museum education; my theoretical knowledge of museology was augmented by observing practical working of state and national museums. It also gave me an opportunity to interact with museum professionals from important Indian museums.

Jitendra Pratap Singh

A study of  Bihara ki Laka Kalayen, the Folk Art of Bihar

This grant assisted me in my research work for a PhD dissertation on folk art in Bihar. The PhD dissertation was submitted in 2001.

J R Asokan

To study the educational activities of some major museums and science centres in India