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UvA Thesis Prize

Each year, the best and most original Master's thesis written at the UvA is awarded the UvA Thesis Prize. This prize is an extra reward in addition to the university diploma. Will you participate with your thesis this year?

UvA Thesis Prize 2023

The winner will receive 3,000 euros and the other (faculty) winners will each receive 1,000 euros. Master's students who graduated between 1 February 2022 and 1 February 2023 and who received a mark of 9 or higher (note: previously this was an 8.5 or higher) for their Master's thesis can participate in the UvA Thesis Prize 2023.

The submission deadline for the UvA Thesis Prize 2023 has closed. 

Rules and regulations

Rules and regulations UvA Thesis Prize

UvA Thesis Prize 2023 - faculty winners announced

The reading committees of the seven faculties have chosen their faculty winners, who have written the best theses of Academic Year 2022 - 2023. 

Economics and Business 

Lily Davies - Selection into COVID-19 Support? Evidence from Machine Learning

Faculty of Humanities

Tijmen van Voorthuizen - 'Niet onze omgeving maakt ons Homo-Sexueel': Ervaring van homoseksualiteit in Amsterdam, 1890-1940

Faculty of Medicine

Titia Sulzer - The effect of prophylactic cerebrospinal fluid drainage (CSFD) on spinal cord ischemia (SCI) in patients undergoing four-vessel fenestrated endovascular aneurysm repair (FEVAR)

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Marcio Joseph - Devotees of the Fire: Faith, Freedom and Subjectivity in a Spiritual Community

Faculty of Science

Milo Cornelissen - Incorporation of Directional and Quinone-Functionalized Macrocycles in Covalently Synthesized Rotaxanes

Amsterdam Law School

Julie Davis - Forgetting What You Can Not Carry: Should International Criminal Law’s Legal Obligations to Victims Include a Public Right To Remember?

Faculty of Dentistry

Kübra Andas, Compomers for the restorative treatment of dental caries in primary teeth: an umbrella review

These seven alumni will each receive 1.000 euro during the prize ceremony of the UvA Thesis Prize 2023, on Tuesday 27 June from 5 pm onwards, in SPUI25. During this ceremony, presented by writer Abdelkader Benali, the grand prize winner will be announced. They will receive 3.000 euro on top of the faculty prize. The grand prize winner is elected by the jury, which consists of the deans of the seven UvA faculties.

Oliviero Nardi (l) and Jelmer Savelkoel

Winners of the UvA Thesis Prize 2022

In 2022, as a very special exception, the jury chose two UvA Thesis Prize winners: Oliviero Nardi (Faculty of Science) and Jelmer Savelkoel (Faculty of Medicine/Amsterdam UMC). Oliviero received the prize for his thesis A Graph-Based-Algorithm for the Automated Justification of Collective Decisions. And, Jelmer won the prize for his thesis A call to action: time to recognise melioidosis as a neglected tropical disease.

Read more about the winning theses of 2022