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Thesis Prize

Thesis Prize

The Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies Amsterdam yearly awards two prizes for the best BA thesis and the best MA thesis in Middle Eastern Studies for work completed at the University of Amsterdam during the preceding academic year.

The prizes consist of € 150 in book vouchers for the BA winner and € 250 in book vouchers plus a publication of an article based on the winning thesis in ZemZem for the MA winner.

This year the shortlist for our BA thesis prize consists of:
1. Christina te Nuyl (Uniting through common goals; a case study about the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin)
2. Veerle Veerbeek (The European Union’s terrorist list and the complex case of Hezbollah)
3. Roel Welling (Het Arabisch nationalisme in de toespraken van Gamal Abdel Nasser, 1958-1963)

For the MA thesis prize, our shortlist consists of:

1. Renée Hoekstra (Unraveling Yemen’s Crisis)
2. Sakina Loukili ('This is not Islam' American, British and Dutch Muslims denouncing violent extremism through hashtag activism)
3. Shirel Levi (Everything is a Matter of Perception: Israeli Perceptions of the European Union and Normative Power Europe)
4. Sabrina Stallone (Testifying the Occupation: Breaking the Silence and Configurations of Space in Israel/Palestine)


  • Applicants must have been registered (full or part-time) students at the UvA during the academic year preceding the year in which the award is presented;
  • Submissions should focus on the Middle East;
  • Submissions can be made in either English or Dutch;
  • The thesis must have been successfully submitted in the preceding academic year;
  • The thesis should have received a grade of 8 or more.

The ACMES Steering Board will appoint a jury that selects the best MA and BA thesis. The jury will be selected based on the fields in which the theses have been written. The Prizes are formally awarded at the Centre’s annual December thesis award meeting.

The deadline for submissions for the ACMES Thesis Prize 2018 was 18.00h on 5 October 2018. For this year's submission guidelines, see below.

On Dec 13th, following the lecture, ACMES will announce the winning master and bachelor thesis @ the Doelenzaal.

Submission guidelines 2018
The winners of last year's thesis prizes