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. Kavita Singh

For photographs of Bengali scroll paintings from British collections.

I received the grant during the course of my PhD on the picture story-telling traditions in Bengal and Rajasthan. These are traditions in which itinerant storytellers use scroll paintings to illustrate their storytelling performances. The sterling grant enabled me to order slides of the wonderful scroll paintings, particualrly from the J C French collection  in the V&A and British Museum. They were extremely useful, as these paintings are among four or five surviving examples of a superb, lost tradition.

Professor Ratan Parimoo

Gandharan art

For the study of Gandharan and Central Asian Art in the UK

Vinay Kumar Sharma

Care and preservation of Pahari miniature paintings

For study and research on methods and techniques for the care and preservation of pahari miniature paintings at the V&A

Dr Choodamani Nanda Gopal

European influences on South Indian painting

To study methods and techniques of museum documentation and management at the V&A and other UK museums

Vidya Nand Singh

Collections Management at the V&A museum, London

To study methods and techniques of museum documentation and management at the V&A and other UK museums

Shireen Akbar

Engaging Audiences

For the development of a handling collection for educational purposes

Madhuvanti Ghose

Research on the Origins of Anthropomorphic Iconography in Hindu and Buddhist art

Sunil Gupta

Considering the Bengal School of Art

Anjan Chakraverty

Study of Shikargarh motifs in the miniature paintings and textiles of Mughal North India

This award enabled me to do fieldwork in the Varanasi area and to document research material in the Indian Museum Calcutta, and the National Museum in New Delhi. This impacted on my later research, writing and teaching. 

Suresh Jayaram

Documentation of Contemporary Indian Artists (Hebbar, Bendre, Husain, Chavda)