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 Himanshu Prabha Ray

British archaeological collections

The study of British archaeological collections relating to early trade in the Indian subcontinent

Dr P Swarnalatha

Coromandel cloth

The study of patterns of consumption of Coromandel cloth in 18th and 19th century Europe

Dr Suresh Sethuraman

The place of Indian coins in UK museum collections

To study and document selected Indian coins as art objects in UK museum collections

Dr V Jeyaraj

Conservation and Collections Care

To study the practices and policies of conservation and museum techniques in UK museums

Dr Kamal K Jain

Using inorganic materials in collections care

For training in the use of inorganic materials in collections care at the V&A museum, London

John Stanley

The Circulation of Indian Textiles

For research relating to his study of Indian trade textiles to SE Asia and Japan

Amin Jaffer

Anglo-Indian furniture

Fieldwork relating to the study of Anglo-Indian furniture, 1740-1800

Divia Patel

Indian Contemporary Art

Shyala Mysore Chandrasekhar

A critique on Ajanta Mural Painting

This grant helped me further my career as an artist. As a student it was a real encouragement to an amateur artists to explore about Ajanta and its great art and this is still helping me with my approach towards art.