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Diviya

Rare Honour for EFLU Research Scholars:
Meet Our Third Erasmus Mundus Fellow

At the English and Foreign Languages University, we are committed to academic excellence, and our scholarly achievements are many, but recognition by other universities and renowned institutions is particularly gratifying. Research scholars of EFLU have brought honour to the university by winning prestigious international fellowships in recent years with active encouragement from the Vice Chancellor and faculty. Here is the inspiring story of one such research scholar.

Diviya Pant (who did her MA and MPhil from EFLU) has been awarded an Erasmus Mundus doctoral fellowship for the 'Text and Event in Early Modern Europe' (TEEME) programme, 2013, by the EACEA of the European Union. This year, the fellowship has been awarded to only five research scholars from non-EU countries. The TEEME programme is a joint doctorate structured around collaboration between university-based researchers in the Humanities and the cultural and creative sector in four EU countries (United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Czech Republic). 

This award is indeed an honour as the selection process is stringent and involves the submission of a proposal, followed by an interview with a panel of academicians from the consortium universities and partners, before a final round of validation by the funding agency. Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic and professional achievements (as testified by academic transcripts, CV, and references), intellectual potential, and commitment to research.

Diviya will work on the relationships between language and lyric poetry in early modern England and India. She will spend semesters at two universities across Europe (University of Kent, Canterbury and Freie University, Berlin), participate in internships at institutions such as the British Library and Globe Theatre, and benefit from a dynamic participatory research environment.

Sarath Jakka and Vidya Kesavan, both former students of the English and Foreign Languages University, were awarded the fellowship in 2011 and 2012 respectively, making this a hat-trick for students of the University.

Diviya also received the Fulbright FLTA and visited Yale University in 2011-12.

The Vice-Chancellor and faculty congratulate Diviya on this outstanding achievement and hope she will be a source of inspiration to many more of our students.