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.


Sanam Ali Khan

Caring for Paper Collections

To learn sophisticated techniques used in paper conservation like consolidation of flaking, float washing inlaying.

Gethin Powel Rees

The excavation of a Chalcolithic site in North West Rajasthan

With funding from the NTICVA between January and April 2005 I assisted with a number of archaeological projects in India. Firstly I spent one and a half months excavating at the site of Gilund, Rajasthan. The excavations at this Chalcolithic site were being conducted jointly by Vasant Shinde of the Deccan College Pune and Gregory Possehl of the University of Pennsylvania. The second part of my project consisted of three weeks studying at the Deccan College. Lastly I spent one week assisting a student from the University of Chicago with fieldwork for her PhD dissertation.

Dr. Lucy Katherine Blue

Traditional Craft: A Study

The principle aim of this project was to undertake an initial one year programme of research into a unique type of traditional Indian craft - the kattimaran or tied/lashed-log raft as literally translated in Tamil, and to compile a comprehensive record of the nature of its construction and distribution throughout southern India.

Stephanie Marine Bogin

Conservation of Wall Paintings in Ladak

Research trip to Ladak in spring / summer 2005 to undertake a preliminary examination of selection of wall paintings.

Dr. C. Maheshwaran

For research study on Folk Bronzes of Western Tamil Nadu

Dr. V.N. Srinivasa Desikan

Research on Tripurantaka in art and literature with special reference to the collections in the Museums, art galleries and temples in Tamil Nadu

Thingnam Sanjeev

A study of Puya text (Archaic Meitei Script) of Manipur.

Dr. A. Sahadevan

Study of history official heroes in oral historical tales

Narendra Singh

For research study on Archaeological discoveries in Chamoli valley, Uttranchal

Uma Krishnaswamy

A study of hand painted cloths or kalamkari tradition of South India with specific reference to the painted Epics and Legends of the extinct and existing schools of Tamil Nadu