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UI doctoral student wins Fulbright-Hays fellowship for study in India

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Prasenjit Gupta, a University of Iowa doctoral candidate in comparative literature, has won a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad Fellowship. The fellowship will allow him to spend 12 months in India, where he will work with Indian author Nirmal Verma on an English translation of Verma's Hindi fiction.

Gupta has a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the UI Writers' Workshop and is focusing his doctoral work on tackling the problems of literary translation between Hindi and English, two geographically and culturally distant languages.

The Fulbright-Hays fellowships are designed to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States by providing opportunities for doctoral candidates to conduct research abroad. The awards are highly competitive and are made based on candidates' academic records, foreign language skills, and ability to conduct research in a foreign cultural context.