The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut néerlandais du Proche-Orient

NINO Thesis Prizes

NINO annually awards two prizes to the best BA and (res)MA thesis on the ancient Near East in the Netherlands: one BA Thesis Prize (€ 400) and one MA Thesis Prize (€ 600). The topic should be within the scope of the NINO research areas, and graded an 8 or higher at a Dutch university in the current academic year.


A call for submissions is open from 1 June to 1 October each year. During this period students may submit their thesis through the NINO website. The competition is judged in November; the two winners are awarded the Thesis Prize on at NINO’s Annual Meeting (25 January 2024, in Amsterdam). The runners-up receive a certificate.

NINO Thesis Prizes 2023

Our jury will select the four best submissions in November 2023. On 25 January 2024, two winners will be announced: one for the Bachelor Prize and one for the Master Prize.

Students in Ancient Near Eastern studies have the opportunity to submit their thesis online between 1 June and 1 October 2023. Don’t miss this chance to win this year’s prize for Best Bachelor or Master thesis on the Ancient Near East!

Conditions and regulations

The main conditions for participation are:

The full regulations for the NINO Thesis Prizes 2023 are available in Dutch (pdf) and in English (pdf).

Former prize winners