2022 Africa Thesis Award.

Allow your article to earn you a chance to win € 500 at the Africa Thesis Award Ceremony 2023, additionally emerge as the champion and deliver it to be included in the ASCL’s African Studies Collection. Apply for the 2022 Africa Thesis Award.

The African Thesis Award 2022 is organized by African Studies Centre Leiden  which is an interfaculty institute of Leiden University seeking outstanding theses in terms of content, theory, and methodology. It’s award aims at promoting the study of African cultures and communities through encouraging student research and writing on African issues. Annually, one student who completes his/her master’s thesis on an African topic is presented with the award.

Unique approach, new discoveries, as well as a combination of scientific and societal relevance are valued by the judges. Furthermore, the judges examines the thesis’s significance in relation to development-related concerns, its style, readability, more so its broad public outreach.



  • Master students who completed their research at an African university  between August 31, 2021 and August 31, 2022


(Quality and conditions)

  • The essay should be based on original academic research, as well as a geographic focus on an African country. Its area and migrant communities in other parts of the world must also be included.
  • Dissertation in the field of social sciences or humanities (geography, political science, anthropology, development studies, economics, history, religion, literature) can be submitted.
  • English, French, or Dutch Dissertation is welcomed.
  • Dutch essay must be accompanied by a five-page English translation


Every contribution must include the following information:

  • A PDF version of the presentation in digital format
  • A summary (max. 300 words)
  • A signed letter of reference from the student’s supervisor, describing the quality of the thesis with explanation of the grade, as well as the student’s educational institution.

Certain that the essay is complete, meets the above mentioned criteria and is worthy of an award, submit.


The application deadline is August 31 2022. Send documents to asc@asc.leidenuniv.nl.

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