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 Ambika Bipin Patel

Alternate Ways of Learning: A Study of Museum Educational Programs of UK Museums for School Children

The award was received by me when I was working as Curator-Assistant Professor at Department of Archaeology and Ancient History. It was an excellent exposure to me to interact with museum professionals in UK especially museum educators at V&A, British Museum, Museum of London, Kensington Palace, Horniman, Courtlaud, Museum of Childhood, North Hancock Museum, Durham University museum, Discovery Museum, Beamish Museum etc. so as to enrich my practical knowledge on museum education and extension.

Ms. Joyee Roy (Ghosh)

Works of the British Artists in India and U.K. in the period from 18th to 19th centuries on India - a comparative study on styles, techniques and themes etc.

The ‘U.K. Visiting Fellowship 2013-14 awarded by the Nehru Trust for the Indian collections of V&A Museum, U.K.  helped me to enhance my knowledge on British Art and British artists of 18th & 19th centuries who worked mainly on Indian subjects. Through my project I tried to pursue a comparative study between the British artists of 18th-19th centuries, who came to India and depicted and documented the subcontinent truthfully and those who never came to India but depicted India on the basis of primary and secondary resources, i.e.

Dr Chithra K. S.

"Hinduism" and the question of "Hindu art " in the 19th century  - a study of the devotional objects and artefacts in the Victoria and Albert Museum and other museums in the UK

Dr Raj Kumar Patel

An integrated study of sculptures and other art objects associated with the Jain religion in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum.

Tanvir Zohra Hasan

Islamic tilework in India

Ms. Chloe Head

Conservation treatment of The Sword of Damocles by Antoine Dubost at the CSMVS museum in Mumbai, India.

At the CSMVS I learnt a great deal from the experienced and talented conservators working in the museum. Working in an environment where the high level of humidity could compromise treatments was complex. We relished the challenge of finding alternative techniques or methods due to the unavailability of conservation materials. Our role was in providing a visual knowledge and art historical context to the aesthetic treatment of this important piece of Western art, ensuring the treatment decisions were visually sympathetic to the context of the work.

Ms. Sally Rosemary Higgs

Conservation treatment of The Sword of Damocles by Antoine Dubost at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS Museum) in Mumbai

I was awarded a grant in order to live in Mumbai and work at the CSMVS Museum in Mumbai for 7 weeks. I worked on The Sword of Damocles by Antoine Dubost, as part of an ongoing collaborative project between the Courtauld Institute for Art and the CSMVS Museum. I gained valuable experience in painting conservation treatments such as removing old disfiguring retouching and varnishing large scale works. I collaborated with Indian conservators, learning new approaches and sharing ideas. .

Ms. Sophie Clamp

A study of Udaipur miniature painters.

Dr. Riza Abbas

Colours of life: decoding the rock art of the historical period in India.

Dr. Shobha V.

Systematic documentation of megalithic and early historic cultural remains in the Hugyam valley in Kollegal taluk, Chamarajanagar District, Karnataka.