The Nordic Society for Middle Eastern Studies MA Thesis Award

2023/24 Call for submissions

The Nordic Society for Middle Eastern Studies announces the annual thesis award for the best MA thesis on a topic related to the Middle East and/or Islam submitted at a Nordic educational institution during 2023/24. All students submitting their thesis between 16 August 2023 and 15 August 2024 are eligible for the award. The thesis must be nominated by the supervisor, and will be read by a three-member committee.  

The thesis must be written on a topic related to the Middle East region, including North Africa, Iran, Turkey and the Arabian Peninsula, and/or on some aspect of Islam. The thesis must be submitted at an educational institution in one of the Nordic countries (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark) and written in English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish. The application must include the following, in one single PDF:

1.    A completed submission form (found here)

2.    A letter of recommendation from the thesis supervisor

3.    A digital copy of the thesis

4.    Copy of the certificate of completed Master’s degree. If this is not issued at the time of submission a confirmation of submitted thesis should be included instead, and the certificate shall be sent after issuance

Deadline for submissions is September 15 2024. The winner of the award will be announced in February 2025. The winner will receive a certificate and a token of achievement. The application should be sent to 

Previous winners: 

  • 2024: Lili De Paola, University of Helsinki. “Constructing Saudi Arabian Nationhood: Shaping Subjectivities Through Suitable Pasts, Imagined Futures and National Femininities”. 
  • 2023: Maiken Omnes Frydenlund, University of Oslo. “Meddling with my Dough-Baking Hands! Protest Language and Stigma in Contemporary Turkey”. 
  • 2022: Mathias Ghyoot, University of Copenhagen. “Brothers Behind Bars: A History of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Second Prison Ordeal, 1954 – 1964”.
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