India Travel Award


The Trust makes a number of awards for short visits to India for the purpose of research, training, scholarship or professional collaboration.


These awards are available to UK-based scholars or professionals employed by museums, galleries, universities or other institutions concerned with the preservation, study and display of India's art and cultural heritage.

Duration and timing

These awards must be taken up the financial year (from April  to end March) immediately subsequent to the award.

Funds available

The awards are of a maximum of £1000 and are intended to be held in conjunction with awards from other bodies as a part-cost contribution towards the costs of either their international travel or maintenance and internal travel expenses within India. Applicants are expected to indicate the sources of all additional sources of funds.

Institutional affiliation

Although no formal institutional affiliation is required, candidates must demonstrate that they have established communication with all institutions relevant to their application.

Final report

At the conclusion of the tenure of their awards, recipients of awards must submit a report of their work and a financial statement of their expenses, along with copies of their initial estimates. This statement must be certified by a representative of the award holder's employer or host institution or his / her academic supervisor.

How to apply
Application Form:

All applicants should send their completed submission to the address below, to be received no later than 15 February.

Application forms and Referees' forms are available online below or from:

Ms Divia Patel
Asian Department
Victoria and Albert Museum 
South Kensington
United Kingdom


The closing date for all applications each year is 15 February.

The selection panel meets in late March.

Successful candidates will be notified as soon as possible after the Trustees' meeting in late March.

Awards are tenable from 1 April of that year to 31 March of the following year.