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 Arati Deshpande-Mukherjee

Formal training in scientific techniques for application in molluscan research in Indian archaeology

The UK Visiting Fellowship came at an appropriate time when I was involved in studying past molluscan utilisation on the Indian west coast. It enabled me to initiate application of a specific technique which would not have been possible in India due to financial constraints and lack of expertise. Since my PhD in 1995, my analysis of marine molluscan shells from some of the sites belonging to the Harappan civilisation in coastal Gujarat has revealed their potential in archaeological interpretations.

N. Selvaraj

Study and documentation of the Sapthasthanam (seven sacred spaces) of Chhakavapalli in Thanjavur District

Nayana Milind Tadvalkar

A project to devise a "living tribal museum" in Thane.

Dr Sarita Khettry

The study of Gandharan material inscriptions, coins, sculpture.

Nizammudin Taher

Management and Conservation of World Heritage sites in UK

Nizammudin Taher

Care of Cultural Heritage Sites

To make a study of world heritage sites in UK (including Stonehenge, Avebury and Bath) with regard to their management and conservation.

Prapanna Vandana Anurag

Miniature Paintings in the UK

Methods of display and interpretation of Indian miniature paintings at the Victoria and Albert Museum and other UK museums, in respect of the display and interpretation of Indian miniature paintings.

Dr N J Francis

The Ancient and Modern Lives of the Amaravati Sculptures

Research at the British Library, London, in relation to the study "The Ancient and Modern Lives of the Amaravati Sculptures: Historicizing the Elliott Marbles".

Aparajitha Vellambi Ravisankar

Photography Collections: Care and Conservation

An advanced course in photographic conservation at the Centre of Photographic Conservation, London.