For the third time in consecutive years research scholars of the English and Foreign Languages University have won the Fulbright Fellowships. Muneer Aram Kuzhiyan, who is pursuing his Ph.D. in the Department of English Literature at EFL University, has been selected to receive a 2013-14 Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral and Professional Research Fellowship for a period of nine months at the University of California, Berkeley, bringing honour to the University. Previously, Diviya Pant won the Fulbright FLTA in 2011-12, and Sweta Mukherjee was awarded the Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship for Education in 2012-13.
Muneer is currently engaged in research on the topic ‘Performative aspects of devotional literature and Keralite Muslim self-fashioning’. In his doctoral work Muneer plans to use ethnography to examine the constitutive role of devotional performance genres such as Mawlid (literature celebrating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad) and Mala (Arabic Malayalam song-story in honor of the Prophet and Sufi saints) in producing moral selves among the Sunni Muslims in the Malayalam-speaking South Indian state of Kerala. ‘I hope to gain hands-on training in ethnographic research methods during my Fulbright tenure,’ says Muneer.

Sweta Mukherjee, a doctoral candidate in the School of English Language Education, was awarded this prestigious fellowship last year for Education, to study the role of emotional intelligence in the English Language Classroom. Sweta was affiliated to the University of West Georgia, Atlanta.

Describing her experience as ‘enriching’ Sweta says, “The nine months spent in the United States as a Fulbright fellow have broadened my horizons of research. I have returned with clearer perspectives and have also made a host of friends from nearly all over the world. Not only has this fellowship deepened my understanding of US culture, it has also introduced me to a whole new way of thinking.”

Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sunaina Singh congratulated the research scholars on this remarkable achievement and hoped that others will draw inspiration from them.