Apply Now: The Africa Thesis Award 2017

DEADLINE: 9 July 2017

Are you a final-year student who has completed his or her Master’s thesis with distinction (80% or higher or a Dutch rating of at least an 8) at a university in Africa or the Netherlands, apply now for the Africa Thesis Award.

The award aims to encourage student research and writing on Africa and to promote the study of African cultures and societies. It is presented annually to a student whose Masters thesis has been completed on the basis of research conducted on Africa. The award consists of a prize of € 500 and publication of the winning thesis in the African Studies Centre Leiden’s African Studies Collection, see www., and all theses submitted will be made available online via the African Studies Centre Leiden’s library catalogue. The prize has been made possible financially by LeidenASA.

The thesis

The thesis has to be based on independent empirical research related to Africa in one of the subjects listed in the following section and must have been examined in the twelve months prior to the deadline for submitting manuscripts. The thesis can be submitted if it is written in English, French or Dutch. If the thesis is in Dutch, a five-page English or French summary should also be attached.

Subject of the thesis

Any thesis thematically related to socio-geographical, economic, political, juridical or anthropological issues or focusing on the humanities, such as history, religion and literature, but with the exception of language and/or semiotic studies, can be submitted. Its geographical focus should be Africa or its migrant communities elsewhere in the world. The thesis must be socially relevant.

Time schedule

The deadline for the submission of theses this year is 9 July 2017. A shortlist of three will be drawn up from which the jury will select the winning thesis. The prize will be presented to the winner at an African Studies Centre Leidenseminar when she/he will present her/his research.

DEADLINE: 9 July 2017

Find out how to apply.

For more information or queries regarding the submission of a thesis, please contact Ms Trudi Blomsma: or visit the official webpage here


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