2021 EAC Thesis Award: Chance to win €500!
2021-01-29 | By The Expatriate Archive Centre
The Expatriate Archive Centre (EAC) Thesis Award is back!
The EAC invites master’s students around the world to submit theses that contribute to the scholarship of expatriation studies. This year submissions must engage with the mission and objectives of the EAC. Application deadline is 31 March 2021.
The winner of the EAC Thesis Award will receive €500. Additionally, the executive summary of the thesis will be published online by the EAC and partner organisations of this initiative. The executive summaries of the first-, second- and third-place thesis applications will be published on the EAC website and promoted via social media channels.
Candidates must submit the following documents in digital (PDF) format:
- an EAC Thesis Award application form;
- an executive summary written by the student (500 – 750 words in length) that addresses how the thesis speaks to the EAC’s mission and objectives, identifies the thesis’s potential scholarly contributions and practical applications, and highlights what sets the thesis apart from existing studies;
- the master’s thesis itself.
Assessment criteria of submitted theses are the following:
- originality and innovation (20%);
- technical quality (10%);
- composition (10%);
- potential for contributing to the stimulation of scholarly (e.g., theoretical, methodological, etc.) perspectives regarding the Award theme (30%);
- potential for contributing to the stimulation of practical engagement by policy, industry and/or civil society actors with the Award theme (30%).
Why Thesis Award
The EAC Master’s Thesis Award’s aim is to celebrate and reward talents who produce outstanding master’s theses that help to further understand the impact of expatriation on people’s lives. Expatriates as a group tend to fall through the cracks when it comes to being represented in official government archives, as well as in global migration studies. With this thesis award, the EAC wishes to support critical scholarship that endeavours to shift and expand understandings of what an ‘expatriate’ is.
A Thesis Award flyer can be downloaded here.
About the EAC
The EAC mission is to collect and preserve the life stories of expatriates worldwide for future research. The centre is located in The Netherlands but has a global outreach. It counts more than 130 family archives from 14 nationalities in 120 countries in its holdings.
The EAC objectives are:
- to curate and preserve unique source material documenting the experiences of expatriates of all nationalities and backgrounds;
- to establish a centre of excellence for expatriation research;
- to give the life stories of expatriates their rightful place in global migration history.
Other current initiatives include the EAC Blog Archive, the Expatriate Life in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic collection, and @WeAreXpats, a Twitter account that is hosted by a different expat every week.
Adding high-quality theses to the centre’s collection provides important additional context and information to research conducted at the archive. Research topics and conclusions are not opinions held by the EAC but are the sole ownership of the researcher.
More information about the EAC and its activities can be found here.
Want to know more about expat life here in The Netherlands? You can read more about it here.