Visions on Peace Master Thesis Prize 2021

Did you write you master’s thesis on peace and security issues? If so, you can compete for the “VISIONS ON PEACE” master thesis prize and have a chance to win 1000 Euros.

Criteria for participation:

  • The subject of your thesis must be related to peace and security issues – broadly understood to include all issues relevant to peace and security, including but not limited to historical and contemporary conflicts, complex emergencies, (international) security, humanitarian and development aid, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, refugees and IDPs, etc.;
  • You are attending or have attended a Master programme at a Dutch university or at another institution of higher education in the Netherlands;
  • You have completed your thesis between 1 July 2020 and 1 September 2021;
  • Your thesis was awarded a minimum grade of 8;
  • Your thesis is written in correct English or Dutch;
  • It is the first time that you participate in the “Visions on Peace” thesis competition.

Application procedure:

Fill out the application form and collect the following documents:

  • A summary in English with a maximum of 1000 words (anonymized)
  • A table of contents (anonymized)
  • The full thesis (anonymized)
  • Proof of sufficient grade (8 or higher)

To ensure that the assessment of the jury is as objective as possible, please do not include any personal details of yourself, your supervisor(s) or your university in the summary, table of contents or the full thesis.

Tip: Make sure to pay sufficient attention to your summary, this is the basis on which the jury makes the first selection!

Your summary should include:

  • The title of your thesis;
  • The research question, the purpose of your research, research method and conclusions;
  • The social and scientific relevance of your thesis.

If the criteria mentioned above are not met, your submission will not be taken into consideration.

Due to the high amount of submissions each year, the jury is unfortunately unable to provide individual feedback on the selection process.

Send your application form and the required documents no later than Friday 24 September 2021 to

The jury will announce the shortlisted theses at the end of November 2021. Those shortlisted will be asked to give a short presentation of their research during the annual symposium of the Dutch Foundation for Peace Studies in December. More information on the annual symposium will follow after summer.


The Dutch Foundation for Peace Studies has awarded the annual Visions on Peace Master Thesis Prize since 2008. It aims to stimulate research into peace and security issues, by (graduated) master students from universities or other institutions of higher education in the Netherlands.

The winner of the Visions on Peace Master Thesis Prize 2020 was Ana Gabriela Rojo Fierro (University of Amsterdam) with her thesis “From the everyday to the extraordinary: Cherán as a story of hope in the midst of war”.

The winner of the Visions on Peace Master Thesis Prize 2019 was Gieneke Teeuwen (Leiden University) with her thesis “Innocence and impunity: Accountability of child soldiers as part of the process of reintegration”.

The winner of the Visions on Peace Master Thesis Prize 2018 was Chris Vloedbeld (University of Groningen) with his thesis “The end of counterterrorism: The conceivable cost of a societal reflex”.

The winner of the Visions on Peace Master Thesis Prize 2017 winner was Clara Maciver (Utrecht University) with her thesis “Life on hold: Technology, displacement and war in the 21st century”.

The winner of the Visions on Peace Master Thesis Prize 2016 was Johannes Chinchilla (University of Amsterdam) with his thesis “Growing Sustainable Peace: Starting at the Roots?”