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Lalit Kala Akademi Scholarships

Lalit Kala Akademi Scholarships are awarded by the Lalit Kala Akademi, a nerve center of creative and cultural discussion in India which was established in 1954 by the former Union Minister of Education Dr. Abul Kalam Azad for the development and promotion of visual and plastic arts in India. Since its inception, the Lalit Kala Akademi has been actively involved in the search for a fresh cultural identity and nationhood of independent India by rejuvenating and formulating the diverse Indian cultural practices, and promoting study and research in the field of creative arts such as Painting, Sculpture, Graphics and other such forms. Today, there is hardly any artist or art critic in India who has not been associated with the Akademi and its activities. An autonomous organization fully funded by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture under the Government of India, the Lalit Kala Akademi is engaged in providing impetus to creative artists by providing scholarships, making publications on art, conducting various seminars and exhibitions, and creating a common platform for artists and art critics from all parts of the country for exchange of views and ideas.Details of Lalit Kala Akademi Scholarships: Every year, applications for the Lalit Kala Akademi Scholarships are invited from the Artists, Art-Critics and Art-Historians below 35 years of age for the grant of Scholarship of Rs. 3000 per month for a period of twelve months in the field of Visual Arts. A minimum of 40 scholarships are awarded by the academy, of which not more than 4 scholarships will be given to scholars in any one State or Union Territory. The selected scholars will be required to work in any one of the Regional Centers of the Akademi, which are located in Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow and the Garhi Artist Studio near Delhi. Such scholars will be required to submit an undertaking that they will not abandon the scholarship before its completion.

Scholarship Type : Scholarships and Fellowships for Postgraduates and Reasearch Scholars

Eligibility : For application to the Lalit Kala Akademi Scholarships, the minimum and maximum age limits are 21 years and 35 years respectively. The applicant must have been working as artist for at least 5 years at the time of application if he/she is not having any formal qualification. Those undergoing regular studies or engaged in full time employment are not eligible for scholarship. The candidates are required to attach titles or details of maximum five photographs of art works or one published article (of 1000 to 1500 words), along with their application form. Such photographs of exhibits or published article will be the main basis, but not the only basis for selection.

Process : Application Forms for the Lalit Kala Akademi Scholarships are available from all the regional centers of the Lalit Kala Akademi. They can also be downloaded from the Akademi’s website. Advertisements for the Lalit Kala Akademi Scholarships are usually published in leading newspapers in the month of May / June every year. The filled in application forms are required to be submitted at the office of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.


The filled in applications must reach in the office of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi by 31st December, 2009.

Contact :


Lalit Kala Akademi,

Rabindra Bhawan,

Ferozshah Road,

New Delhi 110001.

Tel : 011-23381354 / 23387241 /42 /43


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