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6 great funding opportunities from the Charles Wallace India Trust

The Charles Wallace India Trust offers various funding opportunities for young Indians to fulfill their artistic and professional dreams while getting the best of international exposure. Read more below.
BY Skendha Singh |   19-10-2016
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If you want to explore the best of academic, professional and artistic opportunities in the UK, we have good news. The Charles Wallace India Trust is inviting applications for grants under various categories.

The Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT) was established in 1981 as an English charity. Since then, CWIT has made around 2700 grants. The Trust works closely with British Council India.

CWIT awards grants to Indians who are starting or building their careers, generally between the ages of 25-38 years. To be eligible for most of these grants, you must be an Indian resident, working or studying in the fields of arts, heritage conservation or the humanities.
There are various categories for the awards – fully-funded grants, visiting fellowships, grants for doctoral study and research, and to attend the Scottish Universities Summer School.

So, for those who want to build a great career in the arts, humanities, and heritage conservation, BrainGain magazine lists 6 important funding opportunities offered by CWIT. Read on to find out more.

  1. Grants Towards Final Year of Doctoral Studies in the UK
    If you are an Indian pursuing your final year of doctoral studies in the UK in the following fields of study -
    - Curation
    - Art History
    - Visual Arts
    - Performance Arts
    - Film
    - Photography
    - Design
    you are eligible to apply for this award.

    For sessions starting in 2017, the deadline is 31 December 2016.

     
  2. Long Term Grants
    Every year, CWIT offers 10 long term grants in the fields of Arts and Heritage Conservation.

    The awards cover accommodation and living costs in the UK, along with fees, for a short term duration, between 2-12 months. They also include return flight tickets.

    The deadline for applications is 30 November 2016.

     
  3. Research and Professional Visits
    CWIT offers 10-15 short-term grants for professional visits by  researchers, academics and artists, who work in heritage conservation and the humanities (archaeology, history, history of art, literature, philosophy, performing and creative arts). Each grant is worth 1400 GBP and adequate for a two-week stay in the UK.
    The grants are made when applicants arrive for the visit.

    For grants to be availed next year, the deadline is 31 December 2016.

     
  4. Translation and Creative Writing Fellowship
    CWIT and Literature Across Frontiers offer 4 joint fellowships for Indians who are writers and translators. The fellowships are available at the Universities of East Anglia, Kent, Stirling and Aberystwyth.

    In 2016, the University of Aberystwyth offered its inaugural fellowship. The successful applicant - Venkateswar Ramaswamy, is currently spending three months at the university working on a self-chosen literary project in any genre – prose, poetry, drama, essay and non-fiction.

     
  5. Artist Residencies
    CWIT supports two residencies in collaboration with the INLAKS Foundation.
    1. Gasworks Residency
      The offer is for a fully funded artist residency at Gasworks, a contemporary art organization, in London.

      The offer includes basic living expenses (including single room accomodation, and local travel in London), return flights, as well as full access to a Gasworks studio.

      Residencies usually last from July to October, and the deadlines are in January of the same year.
       
    2. Delfina Foundation
      Delfina Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization, which facilitates artistic exchange and creative practices.

      The residency is of a 12-week duration, and includes accommodation, return flight tickets, bursary and a local travel allowance.


     
  6. Visiting Fellowships
    CWIT offers 10 Visiting Fellowships at the universities of Kent, Edinburgh, Stirling, Chichester, East Anglia, Cambridge, Queen’s University Belfast, King’s College London and the School of Oriental and African Studies.

     The CWIT Visiting Fellowship provides an opportunity for recipients to further their own work, and participate in the university by working with colleagues, delivering presentations and leading seminars.
Find out more about undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships as well as fellowships in our exhaustive database.
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