A student of English and Foreign Languages University (Eflu), Diviya Pant has bagged the Erasmus Mundus doctoral fellowship this year and her selection gains significance as she is one of the only five non-European students selected this year.

The programme is a joint doctorate structured around collaboration between university-based researchers in the Humanities and the cultural and creative sector in four European Union countries - United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal and Czech Republic.

Diviya Pant did her M.A. and M.Phil. from Eflu and has been awarded the fellowship for the ‘Text and Event in Early Modern Europe’ (TEEME) programme.

The 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.

Diviya will work on the relationships between language and lyric poetry in early modern England and India.

She will spend her 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.

She is also the recipient of the Fulbright FLTA and visited Yale University in 2011.

EFLU Vice-Chancellor Sunaina Singh said that Sarath Jakka and Vidya Kesavan, both former students of EFLU were awarded the fellowship in 2011 and 2012 respectively making this a hat-trick for students of the university.

R. RAVIKANTH REDDY