Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships

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The Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT) offers grants to Indians in the early or middle stages of their careers. The CWIT fellowships not only allow Indian students to achieve academic, artistic and professional ambitions but, also offer them a chance to widen their international contacts when studying in the UK.

Type of AwardCharity/Trust
Establishment Year1981
Eligible CandidatesVaries 
Value of AwardVaries

CWIT Grants

There are several categories of grants that are featured by Charles Wallace India Trust. These include long term scholarships, visiting fellowships in certain subjects, grants for short research and professional visits and grants for doctoral study. 

Grants for Doctoral Study in the UK

CWIT offers some of the grants to those Indian students who are in the final phase of their doctorates at universities in the UK. Subjects covered under this grant include arts, humanities and heritage conservation. The grant amount usually ranges from USD 642- USD 771 and is intended to help in filling funding gaps.

Short Research and Professional Visits

Around 10 to 15 grants of the amount USD 1799 are offered annually for short research or professional visits. Generally, these grants are sufficient for up to three weeks. Applicants p to stay longer in the UK have to supplement the grant by CWIT from other sources like the Indian Council for Historical Research’s grant.

Long-term Grants

To mid-career practitioners, CWIT aims to provide an opportunity to study and gain experience by offering around 10 long-term grants every year. Till now, the trust has awarded around 2,700 long-term grants. The awards (which generally last from 2-3 months up to a maximum of a year) cover fees, living and accommodation costs in the UK and also contribute to international fares. 

Visiting Fellowships

CWIT provides 10 fellowships to qualified translators, writers, and academicians who wish to spend two to three months at a particular host university. Applicants who have applied for this CWIT fellowship have to contribute to the host institution’s requirements by presenting one’s research or leading a seminar.


Highlights

Scholarship Type Awards
Offered byTrust
OrganizationBritish Council of India
Application DeadlineN/A
No. of ScholarshipsN/A
AmountVariable
Renewabilityno
International Students EligibleYes
Scholarship Website Link N/A

Eligibility Criteria

A few eligibility guidelines are common for all CWIT grants and fellowships, while there are some that might vary. The section below discusses various eligibility criteria established by CWIT.

Common Eligibility Guidelines

CWIT grant applicants must fulfill the initial criteria given below:

  • The applicants should be studying in disciplines covered by CWIT
  • They should be Indian citizens domiciled in India
  • Applicants must not have received any CWIT grant in the last five years

Grant-specific Eligibility Guidelines

In addition to the common criteria list above, prospective applicants must fulfill the specific eligibility criteria for their chosen grant

Grant NameAge BandOther Requirement (s)
Grants for Doctoral Studies25-38 yearsreturn to India on completion of course
Short Research & Professional Visiting25-45 yearsProficiency in English; Completion of studies or 4+ years of experience; Project proposal
Long Term Grants25-38 yearsDegree/diploma in a specialised course; Work experience (preferred)
Visiting Fellowships25-45 yearsCompletion of studies or 4+ years of work experience; Project proposal

Application Process

The application process varies for all the Charles Wallace Indian Trusts Scholarships:

  • Long Term Grants: Applicants must apply through the nearest British Council.
  • Visiting Fellowships: Applicants have to apply individually to each college/university.
  • Grants for Doctoral Studies: Applicants must email their applications directly to CWIT in London.
  • Short Research and Professional Visiting: Applications should be emailed directly to CWIT London by email cwit@btinternet.com.

Along with the applications, all the applicants are required to provide the following documents:

  • A brief CV which includes email, postal address, and photo
  • Emergency name and contact details in India
  • A statement of purpose/intent
  • An IELTS Certificate (if applicable)
  • The names and email addresses of two referees familiar with the work of the applicant
  • Portfolio submission in either hard copy format or CD/DVD (if applicable)

For all these fellowships, applicants can consult the respective university websites to know more about the eligibility and application process.


Selection Process

Each grant application is reviewed and evaluated by the respective selection committee. Applicants are shortlisted based on their application and other eligibility criteria. Shortlisted applicants are then invited for an interview. The committee’s final decision is based on the applicant’s interview session. 


Grant Details

The Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT) is a humanities, arts, and heritage conservation scholarship fund. Following are the Arts and Heritage Conservation fields of study covered by CWIT:

  • Arts
    • Visual Arts
    • Curating
    • Performance, e.g. Dance, Drama, Music, Directing
    • Photography
    • Film Studies which includes Script Writing and Direction
    • Art History
    • Design (but not Architecture)
  • Heritage Conservation
    • Conservation architecture
    • Management of museums and collections
    • Management of heritage sites or projects
    • Conservation of materials like metal, stone, timber (including armor, artifacts, and metal), paintings, film, and photographs
    • Conservation of landscape
    • Engineering related to the conservation of heritage structures

The eligibility, application and selection guidelines vary for each Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships. The application deadlines are yet to be announced for the upcoming session. 

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