This competitive award, of which only 33 were presented to academics across the country, enables well-established and distinguished researchers in the humanities and social science field to complete a single research project of outstanding originality and significance.
Professor Watt has been awarded over £100,000 for her project ‘Women’s Literary Culture Before the Conquest’ which will allow her to examine the literary culture of women in early medieval England. This research will help provide a better understanding of this often overlooked period of English literary history and how it has helped form our rich cultural heritage.
This two year fellowship will see Professor Watt travel across Europe visiting a number of archives in search of overlooked manuscripts and to source further information on this era.
Professor Diane Watt said: “This award will allow me to explore at greater depth the literary culture of women in early medieval England and assess the impact these figures have had on our scholarly heritage."
Professor Bran Nichol, Head of School of English at the University of Surrey, said: “Congratulations to Diane on securing this prestigious award. This is a reflection of her hard work and dedication to the literary field and I know her research will have a lasting impact on how we view this period of literary history.”