African Studies Centre Leiden 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 master’s thesis has been completed on the basis of research conducted on Africa.


  • A prize of € 500
  • Publication of the winning thesis in the ASCL’s African Studies Collection


  • Final-year students who have completed their master’s thesis at a university in Africa or the Netherlands
  • Graduated with distinction, i.e. 80% or higher, or a Dutch rating of at least an 8
  • Students from non-Dutch universities who have grade A or similar may also apply if the accompanying letter from the supervisor confirms and supports the grade score
Eligible Regions: Africa, The Netherlands

Application Process

  • A digital version of the thesis
  • 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

The documents should be emailed to [email protected]

Application Deadline: July 8, 2018

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For Further Queries

For more information or queries regarding the submission of a thesis, please contact Ms. Trudi Blomsma: African Studies Centre Leiden P.O. Box 9555 2300 RB Leiden The Netherlands t +31 (0)71 527 33 72 [email protected]
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