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.


S K Ferdosh Alam

Documentation of the conservation needs of historical monuments in Pandua, West Bengal

M Nooruddin Ansari

A study of the history and conservation needs of the monument Sarsota, at Sahaswan, District Budaun, Uttar Pradesh

Dr S B Darsana

A historical study of the work and writings on megalithic monuments by antiquarian scholars from the early 19th century to the mid-20th century.

Sayantani Pal

Palaeolithic image inscriptions of Eastern India

For photographs and other research materials from UK museums, relating to a study of palaeolithic image inscriptions of eastern India.

Savita Kumari

Curating 19th Century Indian Art

To consult UK collections for research on the art and architecture of India in the 19th century.

Dr V Selvakumar

Death, Dying and Disposal

To attend the conference "Death, Dying and Disposal" (September 2009) at Durham University's Centre for Death and Life Studies.

Vikram Singh

Paper conservation internship at the V&A Museum in London

My main goal through this internship was to gain practical and theoretical knowledge of advanced techniques in the field of paper conservation. To achieve this goal I was involved in the conservation of a number of miniature paintings, and simultaneously I made visits to various conservation international institutions to interact with working paper conservation experts and to get information about on-going techniques in the field.

Vikram Singh Rathore

Paper Conservation

An internship in paper conservation at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Shovana Sarangi

Children in the Museum

To acquire professional training in the children's museum education at the Museum of Childhood and V&A museum, London.

Shovana Sarangi

Warli and Weave: training in the children's museum

During the fellowship I worked with staff at the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green to facilitate a workshop for school children and adults in conjunction to the exhibition Warli and Weave. Drawing on work from Thane and Kutch in Western India the exhibition presented a special insight into two areas of contemporary Indian craft practice – Warli painting and weave. I prepared a learning pack for teachers and produced a temporary exhibition of artwork made by children in our workshop – ‘Top to Toe: Fashion for Kids’.