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.


Ayesha Fatama

To document the folk costume Collection of Ruhelkhand, Bundelkhand, Braj, Bhojpur & Awadh region in the folk Art Museum and other Govt. Museum of U.P.

Anjali Duhan

Nath religion and Kanphata Sadhus

Dr. Ramdas Govindrao Chaware

Warhadi Rural life and Baromas

C.V. Sharada

To document observe and understand present animal species and their exploitation patterns to compare and correlate with archaeological record in Haryana India through ethnographic surveys.

Rohini Pande Ambekar

Scientific clearance at Augustine Complex

Varunika Saraf

Changing Art Markets.

To study late 19th and early 20th century paintings & drawings in the V&A, the British Library and other UK centres, as part of a study of changing art markets.

Shambwaditya Ghosh

Archaeological Collections Management

To undertake an internship on archaeological collection management and display at the LAARC of the Museum of London

Dr V Jeyaraj

A survey of British oil paintings on canvas in museums and government and secular organisations in Tamilnadu

Dr Manjiri Bhalerao

Documentation of lesser known Buddhist rock-cut caves at Bhandara (1st to 2nd centuries CE) and Shelarwadi Dist Pune (3rd century CE)

Dr Arati Deshpande-Mukherjee

Formal training in scientific techniques for application in molluscan research in Indian archaeology

The UK Visiting Fellowship came at an appropriate time when I was involved in studying past molluscan utilisation on the Indian west coast. It enabled me to initiate application of a specific technique which would not have been possible in India due to financial constraints and lack of expertise. Since my PhD in 1995, my analysis of marine molluscan shells from some of the sites belonging to the Harappan civilisation in coastal Gujarat has revealed their potential in archaeological interpretations.