Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT)

The Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT) is an arts, heritage conservation and humanities scholarship fund. It enables Indians in the early or middle stages of their careers to spend time in the UK, helping to achieve their artistic, professional or academic ambitions and make wider international contacts.

Who was Charles Wallace?

Charles Wallace was born in Calcutta in 1855. He lived, worked and flourished there, founding the Shaw Wallace company ( though there are no connections now between CWIT and Shaw Wallace).

Charles Wallace died in 1916, bequeathing his modest fortune to his family for a generation and then for the benefit of those among whom he had made it.

About CWIT

In 1981, following an agreement between the Indian and British governments, CWIT was established as an English charity. It is run by four trustees, one nominated by the British Council. The trustees cover CWIT’s main areas of interest and are Ingval Maxwell, Dr Yasmin Khan, Caroline Douglas and Colin Perchard ( British Council nominee). The Secretary is Richard Alford.

In over 30 years CWIT has made around 2700 grants. British Council India advises on CWIT’s work and gives valuable administrative support including guidance on applying for a visa.

CWIT’s recent annual reports and accounts, including lists of scholarships and grants given, can be seen on the Charity Commission’s web site

The various awards offered by the Charles Wallace India Trust are:

Long Term Awards in the arts and heritage conservation  3 months -1 year duration

Visiting Fellowships of 2-3 months duration

Grants towards the cost of Short Research or Professional visits. These do not cover full costs

Grants to attend Scottish Universities International Summer Schools These do not cover full costs

Grants towards the cost of the penultimate or final year of Doctoral Study at a UK university

Deadlines for applications differ for different awards. For details please follow links to specific categories of award and, for Visiting Fellowships, to host institutions.

What you should do next
decide which type of scholarship or grant you wish to apply for
check whether you are eligible and meet CWIT’s requirements- if necessary seeking advice from British Council India, from the institution or host organization you want to go to or from CWIT
follow the guidelines and submit your application before the relevant deadline -to British Council India for long term awards in arts and heritage conservation
for fellowships apply directly to the host institution via the links provided for Residencies at Gasworks and Spike Island and SUISS
apply directly to CWIT in London by e-mail for research grants and professional visit grants, and for grants towards completing UK doctorate

What will happen next?
Your application will be acknowledged
Applicants for long term awards will be told in February 2012 whether they have been shortlisted for interview  The decision of the shortlisting panel is final and feedback to non shortlisted applicants cannot be given. Applications are retained for a year.
Applicants for Fellowships, artists residencies and SUISS will be told by the host institution whether or not they have been successful. CWIT will then send formal offer letters to successful applicants advising them to make early contact with the British Council
CWIT will take up references for applicants for short research and professional visit grants

Please note that deadlines and timings vary:

Applicants for research and professional visit grants , and grants towards completing UK doctorates will be told, normally by late March/Early April, whether or not they have been successful.

Duration of the award
Dependent on award/scholarship undertaken (maximum of one year).

How do I get a visa?
The British Council will help facilitate the grant of your visa.The cost will be borne by you.

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