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; this year the two winners are awarded the Thesis Prize on 28 January 2021 in an online ceremony (not at NINO’s Annual Meeting, postponed to July). The runners-up receive a certificate.

NINO Thesis Prizes 2020

Our jury will select the four best submissions in November 2020. In January 2021, 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 2020. Don’t miss this chance to win this year’s prize for Best Bachelor or Master thesis on the Ancient Near East!

Update, corona-extension on the deadline: the competition is open until 7 October 2020!

Conditions and regulations

The main conditions for participation are:

The full regulations for the NINO Thesis Prizes 2020 are available in Dutch (pdf) and in English (pdf).

Former prize winners