Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships

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.

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 Dr Yasmin Khan, Caroline Douglas,Gregor Stark, and Cathy Stephens. 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 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 facilitate and advise, the cost of the visa must be borne by the applicant.

In this section

Students in a discussion

Artists residencies

CWIT supports artists residencies at Gasworks in London and at Spike Island in Bristol.

Student in a computer lab

Long term

Awards generally from 2–3 months to a maximum of one year, covering accommodation, living costs in the UK, fees and a contribution to international fares.

Student studying

Short research and professional visits

CWIT supports short research and professional visits to the UK of up to three weeks with a contribution towards in-UK costs.

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Visiting fellowships

Fellowships of 2-3 months at specific host institutions (living costs and contribution to international fares)

Museology – Curating, Museum Conservation or Archaeology

CWIT supports placements in museology, archaeology, curating or conservation at the Victoria and Albert Museum or other agreed institutions.

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