THE ANN WATERFALL STUDENT AWARD
The winner of this prestigious award will receive £1,000. The award, funded by The Anglo-Portuguese Society and supported by Canning House.
All nominations are presented to a selection panel comprising of an academic, a representative from the Portuguese Embassy in the United Kingdom and a member of The Anglo-Portuguese Society Executive Committee, who will on behalf of The Anglo-Portuguese Society agree upon the winning candidate.
The guidelines for eligibility for nomination were changed in 2014 to reflect the expansion in Lusophone Studies and Portuguese language learning in this country.
The nomination requirements and procedures are that:
The Society's decision will be final; where there are candidates of equal merit, the Society will give preference to those aiming to continue their Portuguese studies at postgraduate level.
Presentation of the Award will be made by a representative of The Anglo-Portuguese Society, at a mutually agreed date at one of the Society’s events.
Details of the 2020 award will be announced in due course.
31 YEARS OF THE STUDENT AWARD
Originally named the "Best Student of Portuguese Prize", with the award given to the nominated University to be distributed by the University Professor amongst one or more students.
The Society is privileged to have continued to count on the support of the Portuguese Embassy. Whilst there is no longer a monetary contribution, a representative nominated to sit on the Executive Committee by the Portuguese Ambassador sits on the jury that is now responsible for selecting the winner of the prize.
The Executive Committee member Juliet Perkins oversees the Award and reviews the rules annually.
The award was renamed the Ann Waterfall Award in 2011, in memory of the Society's longest serving Secretary of 20 years Ann Waterfall.
With the support of Canning House, the Society has on occasion been fortunate to give a prize of £1,000 that includes £500 from the Society's Restricted Fund.
2021Zsofia Elek of The University of Edinburgh
I started studying Portuguese from scratch in my first year at the University of Edinburgh. Coming from a linguistics background, I thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the Portuguese language and its quirks. What really surprised me, however, is how much I loved finding out more about the literature and history of the Portuguese-speaking nations, from the fierce poetry of Conceição Evaristo to the haunting prose of Luis Bernardo Honwana.In my third year, I had the opportunity to travel abroad to study at the Universidade de Lisboa. Here, I took a mixture of courses relating to both Portuguese linguistics and the Lusophone cultures. I learnt much about the deep cultural myths of Portugal in Mitos da Cultura Portuguesa and the different variations of spoken Portuguese across the country in Dialetologia. It was at this University that I first heard about the Mirandese linguistic community that lives in the Northeast of Portugal. I have always been fascinated by linguistic minorities and as such, I decided to focus my final-year dissertation project on this community. For this, I interviewed some incredible Mirandese-Portuguese bilinguals and carried out sociolinguistic research on the current and future vitality of the Mirandese language based on these interviews. I found it an absolute pleasure to be able to connect my passion for both linguistics and Portuguese throughout this project and I am looking forward to committing myself further to working on such projects in my future where I aim to continue with my Portuguese studies.