ASC Lieden Africa Thesis Award

ASC Lieden Africa Thesis Award 2022 (€500 prize & publication)

ASC Lieden Africa Thesis Award 2022

Application is now open for 2022 ASC Lieden Africa Thesis Award. Are you interested in Africa and is your master’s thesis on a related subject? If so, the African Studies Centre Leiden is offering you the chance to win €500 under Africa Thesis Award.

ASC Lieden Africa Thesis Award aims to encourage student’s research and writing on African topics and to promote the study of African cultures and societies. It is presented annually to a student whose master’s thesis has been completed on the basis of research conducted on an African topic.

Benefits of ASC Lieden Africa Thesis Award

The award consists of a prize of € 500,- and publication of the winning thesis in the ASCL’s African Studies Collection. All theses submitted will be made available fulltext online via the ASCL’s library catalogue.

The prize will be presented to the winner during the Africa Thesis Award Ceremony in 2023, where the winner will present his/her/their thesis.

ASC Lieden Africa Thesis Award


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Eligibility Criteria for ASC Lieden Africa Thesis Award

  • Master students who completed their thesis at a university on the African continent or in the Netherlands between 31 August 2021 and 31 August 2022 can apply.
    • Students in the Netherlands must have received an 8 out of 10 or above. Students from non-Dutch universities with a grade A (or equivalent) may apply if the accompanying letter from the supervisor confirms the thesis’ excellence and supports the grade score.
  • The thesis should be based on independent empirical research with a geographical focus on an African country, region, or its migrant communities elsewhere in the world.
  • Theses in the fields of the social sciences or humanities can be submitted (geography, political science, anthropology, development studies, economics, history, religion, literature) in English, French, or Dutch. Should the thesis be in Dutch, a five-page English summary has to be attached.
  • The ASCL invites theses that stand out in terms of subject, theory and methodology. The jury values an original approach, new insights, and a combination of scientific and societal relevance. In addition, the jury considers the importance of the thesis in relation to development-related issues, its style and readability and interest for the general public.

Application deadline

The deadline for the application of ASC Lieden Africa Thesis Award is on August 31, 2022

ASC Lieden Africa Thesis Award
Application process

If a student or supervisor considers the thesis to fulfill the above criteria and to merit an award, the thesis may be submitted. Every submission must include:

  • a digital version of the thesis in PDF
  • a summary (max. 300 words)
  • a signed letter of recommendation from the student’s supervisor, detailing the quality of the thesis and an explanation of the grade, and details of the educational institution from which the student has graduated.

Only full applications will be processed. All documents can be sent to

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