Research Grant

Charles Wallace India Trust

Relevent Country: India

Type of work: Research and Survey

The Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT) has announced a Research Grant to support research by Indian scholars in archives and libraries in the UK.

There are 15–20 grants awarded each year for short-term research. These grants are primarily for academic research scholars, however, professionals working in the arts or heritage conservation sectors may also apply to do short-term research.

Applicants planning to stay in the UK for more than three weeks will need to supplement the CWIT grant with other funding e.g a grant from the Indian Council for Historical Research.


  • CWIT provides £1,400 to each researcher, towards the costs of their stay in the UK. The funding is usually enough for a period of about three weeks. The grants are payable in the UK and do not cover the international travel costs. Please note that the grantees will also be expected to cover their own travel costs within India and are required to obtain the appropriate level of insurance cover for travel and medical emergencies.
  • CWIT also offers a few grants each year to Indian students in the final stages of their doctorates at UK universities who can give us an assurance that they intend to return to India. These grants are small (£600) and intended to help fill a funding gap. To be successful in securing a CWIT grant you will need to show evidence of funding/income from other sources.

Fields of Study

This in an illustrative list, intended as a guide. If you are doubtful about eligibility please ask.

Fields Covered:

  • History.
  • Literature.
  • Archaeology.
  • History of art.
  • Philosophy.
  • Performing and creative arts.

Fields NOT Covered:

  • Management.
  • Science.
  • Economics.
  • Law.
  • Development studies.
  • Anthropology.
  • Contemporary international relations.
  • Publishing.

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant should:

  • Be Indian citizens living in India.
  • Be between 25 and 45.
  • Have good knowledge of English.
  • Have completed their studies and have 4 or more years of research or experience in their specialization, or be in the final stages of their doctorate.
  • State clearly and exactly what they want to do in the UK and which archival material they wish to consult.
  • Where relevant say whether they have contacted academic or professional contacts who have agreed to meet them.
  • State how they plan to use the experience on their return to India.
  • Not have received a CWIT grant within the previous 5 years.