Charles Wallace India Trust

Level of study
Any Postgraduate, Doctoral research
Subject area
Drama and Theatre Arts, Heritage, History of Art
Type of Award
Deadline for applying
Closed 17/01/2022 (Note: competition closed for this year)

Award Description

The Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT) is an arts, heritage conservation and humanities scholarship fund. It was established in 1981 and funded from the estate of Charles William Wallace.

Wallace was born in Calcutta in 1855 and died in London in 1916. His business interests in India and South Asia flourished and he believed his modest fortune should benefit the people among whom he had made it. For nearly thirty years CWIT has offered scholarships and grants for Indians working in these fields to spend time in the UK.

Every year CWIT offers up to 10 long term awards, aiming at giving early to mid career practitioners a chance to study or gain wider experience and exposure.

Value of Award

The CWIT grant covers the living costs and course fees in the UK. CWIT will also contribute GBP 600 towards your international travel; you must have resources to meet all other costs e.g, UK visas, insurances and any domestic travel within India, CWIT does not support two-year Masters courses.

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant should:

  • be an Indian citizen living in India
  • be aged between 28 and 38
  • have a first degree, diploma or professional qualification in their specialization. CWIT prefers applicants with significant working experience
  • have not received a CWIT grant within the last five years.

CWIT covers the following Arts and Heritage Conservation fields of study:


  • Visual Arts
  • Performance, e.g. Dance, Drama, Music, Directing
  • Film - including Script Writing and Direction
  • Photography
  • Design (but not Architecture)
  • Curating
  • Art History

Heritage Conservation

  • Conservation architecture
  • Management of heritage projects or sites
  • Conservation of materials such as timber, stone, metal (including metal structures, armour and artefacts), paintings, photographs and film. Internships for painting conservators are sometimes hosted at the Tate conservation department. Enquiries to
  • Conservation of landscape
  • Management of museums and collections
  • Engineering, in relation to conservation of heritage buildings and structures

How to Apply

Each year, applicants are shortlisted on the basis of their applications and invited to the British Council for an interview in New Delhi in February. The panels of Indian experts are chaired by CWIT. Results of the interviews are announced in early April.

Your application form should include a Statement of Purpose, stating clearly which course you plan to follow, what you want to do in the UK and how you plan to put this into use on returning to India.

You will also need:

  • An IELTS Certificate (essential for unconditional acceptance for most UK courses).

  • Evidence of unconditional acceptance on the course, programme, attachment or internship for which you have applied, or evidence of progress towards acceptance.

  • Portfolio submission where appropriate in either online links or uploading pictures or relevant documents.

For full information regarding the application process please visit the British Council India website.


British Council