African Studies Centre Leiden 2021 Masters Thesis Award (€ 500 Prize)

The African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) invites submissions of theses that are unique in terms of subject, theory, and methodology, and are based on independent empirical research in an African country, area, or its migratory communities elsewhere in the world for its Master’s thesis award.

The African Master thesis award aims to encourage student’s research and writing on African topics and to promote the study of African cultures and societies. The ASCL accepts thesis in the field of social sciences and humanities (geography, political science, anthropology, development studies, economics, history, religion, literature). 

ASCL values an original approach, new insights, and a combination of scientific and societal relevance. However, the jury considers the importance of the thesis in relation to development-related issues, its style, and readability and interest for the general public.


The award consists of a prize of € 500,and

publication of the winning thesis in the ASCL’s African Studies Collection.


The ASCL Masters thesis award is open to

  • Master students who completed their thesis at a university on the African continent or in the Netherlands
  • Students in the Netherlands who have received an 8 out of 10 or above in their thesis grading.
  • Students from non-Dutch universities with a grade A (or equivalent) with an accompanying letter from the supervisor confirming the thesis’ excellence and supports of the grade score.

Application Process

The thesis may be submitted if a student or supervisor believes it meets the above-stated criteria

and is worthy of an award. Every proposal must include the following information:

  • a digital version of the thesis in PDF
  • a summary of the thesis is not less than 300 words
  • a signed letter of recommendation from the student’s supervisor.
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All documents can be sent to

Deadline: August 31, 2021.

For more information about ASCL thesis award, visit the official site .