Apply to the ASCL Africa Thesis Award 2016

Apply to the ASCL Africa Thesis Award 2016

Deadline: July 10, 2016

Are you interested in Africa and is your Masters thesis on a related subject? If so, the African Studies Centre Leiden is offering you the chance to win € 500. 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 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 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.


  • Any final-year student who has completed his/her Masters thesis with distinction (80% or higher or a Dutch rating of at least an 8) at a university in Africa or the Netherlands may apply;
  • 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.

Application Process

  • If a student or his/her supervisor feels that his/her Masters thesis merits an award because of its quality and originality, the thesis may be submitted to the ASCL. Every submission must include:
    • an electronic version of the thesis (to be sent by email)
    • a summary of the thesis (max. 500 words)
    • a signed letter of recommendation from the student’s supervisor containing the grade and details of the quality of the thesis and the educational institution from which the student has graduated
  • Applications that are not complete will not be processed.
  • A shortlist of three will be drawn up from which the jury will select the winning thesis. The winner will present her/his research at an ASCL seminar in November/December 2016.

For more information, contact the Secretary of the ASCL Awards Committee, Trudi Blomsma: [email protected] or visit Africa Thesis Award.