Umrao Singh Sher-Gil Grant For Photography

Organisation:  Sher-gil Sundaram Arts Foundation

Apply By:  15 Jan . 2019

Umrao Singh Sher-Gil Grant For Photography

Grant title: Umrao Singh Sher-Gil Grant For Photography

Deadline: 15th January 2019


Recognizing the need to enable Indian photographers to produce and share their work in their lifetime, the Sher-Gil Sundaram Arts Foundation has pledged an annual photography grant of INR 5,00,000 in Umrao Singh Sher-Gil’s name to encourage independent voices in photography.

Umrao Singh Sher-Gil’s (1870-1954) relationship with photography in his lifetime was a private affair — his principal subjects being his family and himself. He tended to be overshadowed by the emblematic presence of his daughter and artist, Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941). It was in 2007 that Umrao Singh was recognised as a photographer of considerable importance. His self-portraits span almost sixty years and make up a unique archive. He is now regarded as a pioneering figure of the mise-en-scène or staged photography in India.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The grant is for Indian nationals who reside in India.
  • There is no age limit for applicants to the grant.
  • Individual photographers and collaborative projects can apply.
  • The grant is for a photographer already working on a project. Therefore, the application must include photographic prints from the project for which financial support is needed.
  • See under Application Process
  • Applicants must not hold any other fellowship/grant for the proposed project when applying.
  • Applicants must confirm in writing the proposed project has not been exhibited in any commercial gallery or by a commercial gallery in India or abroad. Projects which have been exhibited will not be considere

Application Form

Application forms can be downloaded from here. There is no application fee. If you need any information about the application process, please email

Please use block/capital letters to fill in the application form and do not forget to sign the document. The filled-in application form (printed in 3 copies) should be accompanied by the following:

Written Proposal

Clarity of thought about the project will be evaluated during the jury process. The written proposal comprises of the following. Please submit 3 printed copies of each of these documents.

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