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.


Kamlesh Kumar Sharma

A study of arms and weapons in Indian collections

Sharmila Das

A study of the cultural contribution of the Gajapati rulers of Orissa

Shanti Swarup Sinha

Anugraha images of Siva

The award, granted when I was pursuing my research for a PhD at Banaras Hindu University, helped me with data collection from museums and sites in Madhya Pradesh and Orissa as well as west and south India. I achieved my PhD and published two articles and presented two papers in national seminars in the years immediately following that while pursuing post-doctoral research. My academic career has continued.

Dr V Jeyaraj

A technical study of the Coins of the Nawabs of Arcot

Gina Kapur

A study of the floral motif in Mughal decorative art

K Neelakandan Tanur

A survey of Ravi Varma paintings

Soumhya Venkatesan

To study the mat and silk weaving traditions of Pattamadai village and Kanchipuram town in Tamil Nadu

I would like to thank the Trustees for their timely and generous awards. In the year following my Cambridge M Phil I returned to India  and was given a second grant to conduct ethnographic research among weaving communities. This work formed  a pre-PhD pilot study and I returned to Cambridge in 1996 to commence work on my PhD entitled  "Crafting discourse: mat weaving in Pattamadai, South India". I was awarded the PhD in 2002.

Sudhir Kumar

A study of Madhubani paintings

Dr Usha Rani Tewari

A study of the art of the transition-phase in Northern India