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 Subashini Aryan

Himalayan art in UK collections

Dr Kalpana K Tadikonda

Distribution of Indian art in UK collections

For the documentation of Indian collections in UK provincial museums

Dr Rashmi Pathak

Conservation and analysis of Wall Paintings

To study the analysis and conservation of wall paintings at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Dr Ravindra Nath Singh

History and prehistoric use and production of metals in South and South-East Asia

To study the archaeometallurgy of South and South-East Asia at the Institute of Archaeology, London

Nicholas Barnard

Early Indian sculpture

For fieldwork relating to the study of early Indian sculpture

Gillian Shona Ray

Paper Conservation in India

To take part in discussions on training and education programmes in paper conservation in India and to study popular art on paper in collections in Bengal

Dr Nathalie Tobert

Sites of Pilgramage

To study pilgrimage sites in South India and to collect related contemporary artefacts for the Horniman Museum

Madhabi Katoch

To research the influence of the philosophy of Mahayana Buddhism on Buddhist art

Ajit Kumar

Sculptural Bas reliefs in Western Indian Caves (2nd Century BC to 3rd Century AD)

During 1990 Shri N M Deshpande, one of the doyens of Indian archaeology, suggetsed that as nobody had studied the sculptural bas reliefs in early Buddhist caves in Maharashtra, I should try to study them. While conducting the primary study on the area, I was transferred to Madras, and lost hope of continuing my interest with this transfer and shelved the project, but a friend suggested that I apply to the NTICVA for a grant. I did so and was very happy to receive the grant.

Sathyabhama Badhreenath

Iconography of Narasimha as portrayed in literature and sculpture with special reference to Tamilnadu

The topic chosen for the first award was not a usual one and I had to visit most of the places from where I had drawn reference. The fieldwork done for this award was a very exciting experience it helped me to look into many other aspects connected with t. The study has actually resulted in a source book for future reference and this is in my opinion the most satisfying part of the Study Grant.