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African Thesis Award 2011 - Call for Submissions
Education & Sciences, 17 May 2011

Are you interested in Sub-Saharan Africa and is your Masters thesis on a related subject? If so, the African Studies Centre (ASC) in Leiden is offering you the chance to win €1000 in its Africa Thesis Award!
The award consists of a prize of €1000 for the winning thesis, which will be published in the ASC African Studies Collection.

Deadline is 17 June 2011.
All the theses submitted will be accessible via the ASC library's catalogue and may also be (partially) published on The Broker's website:

Who can apply

Any final-year student who has completed his/her Masters thesis with distinction (80% or higher or a Dutch rating of at least 8) at a university in Africa or the Netherlands can apply. The thesis has to be based on independent empirical research related to Sub-Saharan Africa in one of the subjects listed in the following section and must have been examined within one year prior to the deadline for submitting manuscripts (see below).
The ASC specifically encourage students from Sub-Saharan Africa to submit their theses for this annual competition.

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 on Sub-Saharan Africa or its migrant communities elsewhere in the world. The thesis must be socially relevant.

Time schedule

This year’s deadline for the submission of theses is 17 June 2011. From all the entries a shortlist of three theses will be drawn up from which a joint jury will select the winning thesis. The jury will announce the final three nominees, and subsequently the winning thesis. The prize will be presented to the winner during an ASC seminar where the winner will present his/her thesis.

More information

The information in this article comes from the page on the ASC website for this call for submissions. Please visit that page for full information, including details on qualification and submission.
The African Thesis Award is organised by the African Studies Centre and Radio Netherlands Worldwide (Radio Nederland Wereldomroep, RNW).

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