African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) Afro-Centric Masters Thesis Scholarship for African Researchers 2024

In a significant move to support and promote academic research on African topics, the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) has announced the 2024 Afro-Centric Masters Thesis Scholarship. This initiative is designed to encourage African researchers to go deep into subjects that are central to the understanding and development of the African continent.

African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) Afro-Centric Masters Thesis Scholarship

The ASCL’s scholarship is an annual award presented to a master’s student who has completed their thesis based on research conducted on an African topic. The award not only comes with a monetary prize of €500 but also offers the invaluable opportunity for the winning thesis to be published in the ASCL’s African Studies Collection.

Scholarship Benefits

  • The award comes with a €500 prize and online publication of the winning thesis, as well as digital access to all submitted theses through the ASCL’s library catalog.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible applicants for the Africa Thesis Award 2024 are Master’s students who have completed their thesis at a university in Africa or the Netherlands between August 2023 and August 2024.
  • Students from non-Dutch universities can also apply, as long as they have received a grade of A (or equivalent) and their supervisor provides a letter confirming the thesis’s excellence and supporting the grade score.

Selection process

  • The thesis should be based on original research with a geographical focus on an African country, region, or migrant communities, and can be submitted in English, French, or Dutch.
  • The ASCL is looking for standout theses that showcase unique subject matter, innovative theory, and sound methodology, as well as providing new insights and a balance between scientific rigor and societal relevance.
  • The jury also evaluates the thesis’s significance about development issues, its writing style and readability, and its appeal to a general audience.

How to Apply

  • If a student or supervisor believes the thesis meets the required standards and merits an award, it can be submitted.
  • Each submission must include a digital version of the thesis in PDF format, a summary of no more than 300 words, and a signed letter of recommendation from the supervisor, detailing the thesis’s quality and grade.
  • Only full applications will be processed.
  • All documents can be sent to the provided email address on the official website.

Visit the Official website of the African Studies Centre Leiden Africa Thesis  Award 

Application Deadline

August 31, 2024.

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