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African Thesis Award 2023 (€500)

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The African Studies Centre Leiden Africa Thesis Award aims to promote the study of African cultures and societies by encouraging student research and writing on African issues. It is awarded annually to a student whose master’s thesis is based on research on an African issue. The prize is € 500,-, and the winning thesis will be published in the ASCL’s African Studies Collection. All submitted theses will be made available online in full text via the ASCL’s library catalog.


Master students who finished their thesis at an African university or in the Netherlands between August 31, 2022, and August 31, 2023, are eligible to apply for the Africa Thesis Award 2023.

Students in the Netherlands must have a grade point average of 8 or above.

Students with a grade of A (or equivalent) from non-Dutch universities may apply if the accompanying letter from the supervisor affirms the thesis’ brilliance and supports the grade score.


If a student or supervisor believes the thesis meets the aforementioned criteria and is worthy of an award, the thesis may be submitted. Each contribution must include:

• a PDF digital version of the thesis

• a summary (maximum of 300 words)

• a signed letter of reference from the student’s supervisor outlining the quality of the thesis and explaining the grade, as well as information about the educational institution from which the student graduated.

Only complete applications will be considered. All documents should be emailed to


The application deadline is Wednesday, August 31. The reward will be awarded to the winner at a special Africa Thesis Award Ceremony, during which the winner will present his/her/their thesis.

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Application Deadline: 31 August 2023

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