INTACH-UK Trust

Travel Grants to India

INTACH-UK Trust (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, UK) offers travel scholarships to India for UK citizens. ICOMOS-UK manages these grants on behalf of INTACH-UK.  The grants are for educational study visits to India in the field of art and cultural heritage.  The aim is to allow UK citizens to undertake research and gain professional experience through projects or work placements.  Most grants are awarded to professionals in the early stages of their career, or to students.  Senior travel grants are also available.

"The scholarship has greatly influenced my understanding of Ladakh's vernacular architecture.  Without it I would not have been able to return to Ladakh to gather the critical information required and there would be no dissertation.  For that I am immensely grateful"    

Key points

  • Application deadlines are 31 March and 30 September each year
  • Grants   are to support conservation work, study or research in India
  • Only UK citizens  who are normally resident in the UK are eligible
  • Grants can be for any discipline in the humanities (with a preference for archaeology, ancient Indian art, architecture, conservation studies, geography, history, numismatics, museum studies, the history of technology, crafts, textiles, dance, drama, art, scientific applications to the humanities)
  • Applications must include written references from two referees
  • Grants may be paid towards the cost of  air travel to India,  modest subsistence allowance, internal travel and in some circumstances payment of fees to approved institutions
  • Grants are rarely for more than £2000, and applicants will usually need to find funds from other sources as well
  • Successful applicants must submit to the Trustees on their return from their trip to India a report on the outcomes of their study visit

The Scholarship helped me in my pursuit of learning the art of Indian miniature painting.  It was a hugely beneficial experience, where many new skills, techniques and cultural insights were exchanged.  The trip has greatly informed and inspired my work.  I learnt such a lot from the master miniaturists Ajay and Vanita Sharma and I am very thankful to INTACH UK for helping me to realise this special opportunity. (Jethro Buck, awarded an INTACH UK travel grant in 2011)

Typical grants available

  • Junior travel grants to enable undergraduate or postgraduate students to study topics related to a special study or dissertation
  • Scholarships with a modest subsistence allowance for postgraduate study at an Indian university or comparable institution
  • Research fellowships to enable postgraduate students and established scholars to undertake research at Indian universities and institutions
  • Senior travel grants to enable established scholars and craftsmen to give lectures, conduct workshops or contribute advice to conservation programmes
  • The Trustees can also consider applications for travel grants for cultural exchange programmes or to take up artistic residencies

Applications for Travel Grants for UK citizens

The application deadlines are 31 March and 30 September each year. 
Please complete an application form and return it to INTACH-UK Trust, c/o ICOMOS-UK, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ. You must include two written references with your application. If you have any questions about how to apply, please email admin@icomos-uk.org or phone 0207 566 0031.

INTACH-UK Trust Project Grants

INTACH-UK Trust also offers grants to support conservation projects in India.  These will not normally cover the entire cost of projects, so grants will need to be supported by funds from other sources.  Applications for support are usually much greater than the funds available, so INTACH-UK Trust supports those projects which it considers best fit its remit, demonstrate good practice and offer the prospect of delivering significant conservation benefits.  Grants are rarely more than £2000.  There are two different application procedures:

1) Applications for UK Citizens

Applications for project grants to support conservation projects in India are invited annually by 31 May from UK citizens normally resident in the UK.  Projects will normally be delivered through locally based organisations in India. Please complete an application form and return it to INTACH-UK Trust, c/o ICOMOS-UK, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ.

2) Applications for Indian citizens

INTACH-UK Trust occasionally also considers project grant applications from Indian citizens living in India and Indian-based organisations for conservation projects in India.  The application deadline for these is once a year by 31 May. Please complete an application form and return it to INTACH, 71 Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110 003, India.

Background

Charles Wallace was a British businessman active in India in the late 19th century.  On his death in 1916, he left his residuary estate to be shared between the British Treasury and the Treasury of British India, after his children had been provided for. 

In 1978 the Prime Ministers of the UK and India, James Callaghan and Moraji Desai, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between their two governments on the use of Charles Wallace’s bequest.  This said that each side would set up arrangements for the administration of the funds, part of which would be for scholarships in one country for the benefit of the other.

As a result INTACH-UK Trust was set up for scholarships in India, and the Charles Wallace Trusts were set up in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Burma to award scholarships in the UK. 

The current Chair of the Trustees is Major General Gupta.  INTACH-UK Trust is a registered charity in the UK (charity registration number 298329).

Information about INTACH UK on INTACH (India) website

Details of Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT) awards for Indian citizens coming to the UK

Recent INTACH-UK Trust Travel Grants

We have recently awarded travel grants for the following projects:

  • Researching the Amelia Horne Narratives and the 1857 Indian Uprising
  • The Arikamedu Type 10 Project: Mapping Early Historic Networks in South Asia and Beyond
  • Resources for the Study of Chacha Vrindabandas
  • Tracing Ayurvedic influences on Tibetan medicine and longevity practices
  • Ornament, myth and migration: Heirloom Beads of Arunachal Pradesh
  • Mumbai Wonders: Restoring Empire’s Museums as Heritage, Culture and Identity
  • Preserving Niyamgiri: an exploration of a sacred mountain and its rescue

Conservation work in India

The following projects have been supported by INTACH-UK Trust

  • Restoration of extensive complex of buildings at Orcha, Madhya Pradesh
  • Restoration of the Nagaur Fort, Rajasthan
  • Revitalising traditional water resource systems at Jodhpur, Rajasthan
  • Indo-British training programmes with the British Council on material conservation, museum management and heritage management
  • Support for Charles Wallace Institute for Conservation Research Training, Lucknow

Contact

To contact the Trustees of INTACH-UK Trust, or if you have any queries, please contact INTACH-UK Trust, c/o ICOMOS-UK, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ, or email on admin@icomos-uk.org or phone on 0207 566 0031.