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CWIT enables early to mid-career practitioners to develop their knowledge, skills and experience via the scholarships. These grants are extremely competitive and only a handful of candidates will be awarded scholarships each year. The Scholarships are usually for a full-time MA course (maximum 1 year) in a UK university in the field of arts or Heritage conservation.

The CWIT grant covers the living costs and course fees in the UK. CWIT will also contribute GBP 600 towards your international travel; you must have resources to meet all other costs e.g, UK visas, insurances and any domestic travel within India, CWIT does not support two-year courses.

Oxford - Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships, for more information please visit CWIT website. 

This fund is very competitive. Applicants with secured place at UK university will be eligibale to apply. Applicants who have been awarded a confirmed place by a UK university, will be shortlisted and interviewed. You can contact your UK university after they have confimed a place and ask for a defferal (1 year). After that you can apply for CWIT schoalrships in winter 2024 for a scholarship or seek grant funding from elsewhere, however please note there is no guarantee that your application to CWIT will be sucessful in the next funding round because we receive more requests than we can support. 

For application guidelines and the latest information, please refer to the CWIT website.

Applications for Long term grants for academic year 2024-25 are closed. 

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The applicant should:

  • be an Indian citizen living in India
  • be aged between 28 and 38
  • Applicants should have a secured place at UK university.  
  • have a first degree, diploma or professional qualification in their specialization. CWIT prefers applicants with significant working experience
  • Should study in the subject areas supported by CWIT.
  • have not received a CWIT grant within the last five years.

CWIT covers the following Arts and Heritage Conservation fields of study:


  • Visual Arts
  • Performance, e.g. Dance, Drama, Music, Directing
  • Film - including Script Writing and Direction
  • Photography
  • Design (but not Architecture)
  • Curating
  • Art History

Heritage Conservation

  • Conservation architecture
  • Management of heritage projects or sites
  • Conservation of materials such as timber, stone, metal (including metal structures, armour and artefacts), paintings, photographs and film. Internships for painting conservators are sometimes hosted at the Tate conservation department. Enquiries to
  • Conservation of landscape
  • Management of museums and collections
  • Engineering, in relation to conservation of heritage buildings and structures

Application guidelines

Your application form should include a Statement of Purpose, stating clearly which course you plan to follow, what you want to do in the UK and how you plan to put this into use on returning to India.

You will also need:

  • An IELTS Certificate (essential for unconditional acceptance for most UK courses).
  • Evidence of unconditional acceptance on the course, programme, attachment or internship for which you have applied, or evidence of progress towards acceptance. 
  • Portfolio submission where appropriate in either online links or uploading pictures or relevant documents.

Applicants are shortlisted on the basis of their applications, and interviews will be held virtually in February/March 2024. The panels of Indian experts are chaired by CWIT. Results of the interviews are announced in early to Mid-April 2024.


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