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.


Swati Chatterjee

To study the Lingaraja temple, Bhubaneswar, Orissa

Dr K Rajan

To study the documentation of rock art in Tamil Nadu


European influences in Mughal painting and decorative arts

The award helped me in the collection of photographs and reading materials and in accessing original manuscripts easil from various museums and libraries in India and thus increasing the value of my study.  I subsequently took up a PhD in the same subject at the National Museum Institute. 

Deepanjana Danda

To study the emergence of Brahminical cave Architecture

B Sekhar

To produce video documentation of museum objects in Tamil Nadu

The project focused on the video documentation of museum collections in Tamil Nadu. It led to a further project for which I also received an award from the NTICVA.

Sahiba Hashmi

Tales of the Buddha Shakyamuni 

To obtain materials relating to the study of the Jatakas and life stories of Buddha Shakyamuni in UK collections

Dr J Raja Mohamad

Coromandel Trade

The Visiting Fellowship gave me the opportunity to visit the museums and archives in the UK, including the Victoria and Albert Museum. The award also enabled me to gain more professional expertise and to enrich my knowledge of museology. I prepared a monograph about my experience in the UK and presented research papers to history fora on the Indian objects in the Coromandel- English trade.

Dr Dipankar Pal

Digital Presentations in the Museum

To collect materials relating to his study of modern electronic and computer based techniques used in display

Sushobhan Adhikari

Presenting on Paper Conservation

To present a paper at the Fourth International Paper Conservation conference in London

Dr Dipankar Pal

Digital Presentations in the Museum

To visit the V&A Museum and other science museums in the UK, for a comparative study of modern electronic and computer-based techniques used in display