UK Visiting Fellowships


The Visiting Fellowship scheme is the NTICVA’s flagship programme. The awards provide funding for Indian scholars and cultural professionals to spend a period of time in the UK for further professional training, study, education or research. They are offered in collaboration with the Charles Wallace (India) Trust. 


Candidates must be citizens of India at an early stage of their professional career and are employed by museums, galleries, universities or other institutions concerned with the study, preservation and display of India's art and cultural heritage.

Duration and timing

The Fellowships are typically for a period of between one and three months according to the programme needs of the candidate, and must be taken up the financial year immediately following the announcement of the award (from April/May March 31st of the subsequent year). 

The date for applications for 2024-25 is 15 February 2024.

Funds offered

The Fellowships provide a return airfare to and from the UK and a maintenance allowance adequate for a single person for the approved duration of the candidate’s visit.

UK Institutional Affiliation

The Fellowships may be held either at the Victoria and Albert Museum or at one or more other arts or cultural institutions in the United Kingdom. Candidates must contact the institution(s) to which they hope to be attached before submitting their application, to ensure that their proposed plan of training, study or research can be accommodated, and to gain the receiving institution's agreement in principle to their proposed visit. Furthermore, candidates must submit documentation indicating the receiving institution's agreement to their proposed visit.

Final Report

At the end of their visit, Visiting Fellows must submit a detailed report of their work to the Trust and, in the case of holders of Fellowships jointly funded be the Nehru Trust and The Charles Wallace (India) Trust, also to the Charles Wallace (India) Trust. This report should be certified by a representative of the award holder's host institution.

How to apply
Application Form:

All applicants should send their completed submission to the address below, to be received no later than 15 February.

Application forms and Referees' forms are available online below or from:

The Secretary
Nehru Trust for the Indian Collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum
The School of Arts and Aesthetics

SAA Building II
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi - 110067



The closing date for all applications each year is 15 February.

The selection panel meets in late March.

Successful candidates will be notified as soon as possible after the Trustees' meeting in late March.

Awards are tenable from 1 April of that year to 31 March of the following year.