IHSA Thesis Prize

The International Humanitarian Studies Association Thesis Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding thesis author. The prize winner will receive a 500 euro honorarium, and will be invited to publish their thesis in an IHSA-affiliated academic outlet or journal. The deadline for submission is 31 August.


The IHSA Thesis Prize is awarded annually to a thesis completed within the period of the call as part of an MA/MSc (or equivalent) degree program. For this call, it refers to theses completed between July 2023 and July 2024. Submissions must be single-authored academic theses, completed under the auspices of any degree related to Humanitarian Studies (for example: Conflict Studies, Development Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, International Relations, etc). Each thesis may only be submitted for the prize once. Based on the existing linguistic competences of the IHSA Award Committee, theses can be submitted in English, French, Spanish and Italian. If you would like to submit your thesis in another language, please contact: info@ihsa.info

IHSA Award Committee

A 4-person panel, composed of IHSA Board Members.

Evaluation Criteria

Shortlisted pieces will be judged based on:

  • Contribution to the literature and unique viewpoint
  • Methodological rigour and ethical approach to research
  • Clarity of the argument, writing style, and structure of the thesis
  • Academic quality and originality
  • Societal relevance

We welcome all applications to the prize. Please remember to fill out the form below and email your thesis to info@ihsa.info with the subject line “IHSA Thesis Prize”

IHSA Thesis Prize
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