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The Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies Amsterdam (ACMES) intends to award two prizes for Best BA thesis (€ 150 in book vouchers) and Best MA thesis (€ 250 in book vouchers) in Middle Eastern Studies for work completed at the UvA during the academic year 2019-2020.

- Submissions should focus on the Middle East or subjects related to this region;
- Applicants must have been registered students at the UvA for the academic year 2019-2020;
- The thesis must have been successfully submitted in the academic year 2019-2020;
- The thesis should have received a grade of 8 or more.

Applicants must submit their thesis (pdf format) by email to:, no later than Sunday 18 October 2020, 11 PM.

Submissions should be accompanied by a certification of timely submission from the Education Desk and the supervisor’s evaluation including the grade. Submissions can be in either English or Dutch. 

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.

Prizes will be formally awarded at the Centre’s thesis award meeting on 17 December 2020 (location t.b.c.).

For further details, please write an email to