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.


Seema Gera

To research the collections at the National Museum and to construct school loan kits as an aid in teaching history in schools

S K Jha

To study arms and weaponry of the Palaeolithic period and rock painting of Central India with special reference to Dhongarh, Madhya Pradesh

Dr C Maheswaran

To study the masking traditions in tribal India

Nandit A

To study the depiction of Hindu mythological themes and scenes in Mughal miniatures

Annamika Pathak

To study painted ivory collections in Indian museums

Jyotsna Sharma

Aqueous and non-Acqueous methods of de-acidification and its effects on Indian paper

Shalini Arya

Illustrated manuscripts of Akbar's court

Rekha Tandon

Classification on the threshold of modernity: expanding the physical parameters of Odissi dance for contemporary audiences

J R Asokan

Comparative study of museum display and its interpretation by visitors

This award was very useful in the development of Chennai district museums. I had the chance to see some important museums in India and by seeing the display arrangements and interpretation techniques my knowledge was increased. I had the chance to apply this knowledge in newly opened museums.

Preeti Bahadur

Miniature Paintings in the V&A museum

To obtain photographs of Pahari ragamala miniature paintings in the collections of the V&A Museum