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CWIT enables Indians in the early to mid stages of their careers to spend time in the UK, helping them to achieve artistic, academic and professional ambitions and to broaden their international contacts. British Council India has been working in partnership with the Charles wallace India Trust (CWIT) from 40 years. You will find information about all CWIT grants here and also on the CWIT website.  

Do you know someone in the CWIT community (alumni group)? Take a look at the community pages on the website. If you are early to mid-career academic you can also find out more about CWIT partnership with the UK universities and see the range of fellowships opportunities offered to Indian students.

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. The trustees cover CWIT’s main areas of interest and are Caroline Douglas,Catherine Stephens OBE, John Falconer, Mallica Kumbera Landrus and Prof. WIlliam Gould. The Secretary is Shreela Ghosh. The trustees bio and details can be found on their website.

In over 40 years CWIT has made around 3000 grants. British Council India advises on CWIT’s work and gives valuable administrative support. CWIT’s recent annual reports and accounts, including lists of scholarships and grants given, can be seen on the Charity Commission’s website

 Please note: The London School of Performing Arts (LISPA) has now moved its courses to Berlin hence CWIT will no longer offer scholarships to attend them. We have agreed to reconsider if LISPA move their course back to London.


While the British Council will advise, the cost of the visa must be borne by the applicant.

For more information, please write to

Applications for this year are closed now.

Privacy Policy

The General Data Protection Regulation came into force in May 2018 and requires organisations to state their policies regarding the protection of personal data. The Charles Wallace India Trust holds the personal data of applicants for grants eg their names, addresses, telephone numbers and next of kin. CWIT also  shares this data with British Council  which  manages  the application process. You can read the Privacy policy of British Council here.

We also hold UK bank account details for long term awardees to whom we arrange to pay monthly living grants. These are shared  only with our bankers Coutts & Co when we issue instructions to set up Standing Orders, and not with the British Council.  

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