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 Nandini Sinha

Tribal & Pastoral peoples

To consult and study research materials in the UK relating to research on the history of tribal & pastoral peoples (18th - 19th century)

Mahendra Singh

Heritage Metals: Care and Conservation

Training in the conservation of metals at the V&A museum, London, and at the National Museums, Liverpool

Dr Sutapa Sinha

Bengal Sultanate Coins

In 1996 I undertook a research project entitled "Coinage and Currency System of Bengal Sultans (1204-1576 AD inmy capacity as Fellow of the Institute. A part of this project involved indepth study and documentation of coins preserved in public collections inridge the UK. I applied for a Visiting Fellowship in 1997 and received the award in 1998 which was the ideal time for mto visit the UK after completing the first phase of rsearch work on the coin hoards of the Bengal Sultanate in India.

Anne Buddle

Scots in India 1760-1800

Research on the rule of Tipu Sultan, with particular focus on Scots in India 1760-1800, for an exhibition 'The Tiger and the Thistle' to be held in Edinburgh, summer 1999

Anna Hillcoat

Scroll and Miniature Painting Collections

To study the contemporary use and production of scroll paintings and the techniques of miniature painting in relation to the conservation of similar objects at the V&A Museum

Nicole Lee Boivin

Chalcolithic period organisation and architecture

Fieldwork in Rajasthan and Gujarat, to examine the settlement organisation and architecture of the Chalcolithic period in Western India

Caroline Jane Cook

Gujarat Textiles

Research on historical and contemporary collections of textiles from Gujarat

Divia Patel

Contemporary Art in India

Study and research and development of contacts in contemporary art studies in India

Dr J Raja Mohamad

For research on the ports on the south Coromandel coast and indigenous traditions, 18th - 19th centuries

N Athiyaman

Technology of Megalithic structures in Tamil Nadu

These funds were very useful as seed money for ethnographic study in the Tamil region. Based on the above project, the following article was published: "Ethno-archaeology of stone-quarrying in Tamil Nadu - with special reference to Megalithic archaeology.