LSE Africa Dissertation Prize

Learn about applications and previous winners

The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (FLCA) is delighted to announce the launch of the inaugural Master’s Dissertation on Africa Prize for LSE students.

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Aimed at encouraging and celebrating outstanding fieldwork and research on Africa, the Masters Dissertation on Africa Prize will be awarded to the year's most innovative and significant Master’s dissertation which furthers our understanding of the continent.

Criteria and Process

  • Entries are selected from the dissertations of recipients of the MSc Dissertation Fieldwork Funding from the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (FLCA).

  • An Awards Committee will assess the entries on the basis of the research question's innovation; significance of the findings; methodology and overall quality of the written dissertation.

  • The prize will be announced on 19 December 2019. 

  • The 1st prize winner will receive £300 and the 2nd prize winner will receive £200. Both will be invited to contribute a blog piece related to their research, on the Africa at LSE Blog.

2019 Prize Winners

Winner one

Keeyaa Chaurey

Pirates and Property: The Moralities of Branded and Generic Medicines


Recipients of the FLCA's Dissertation Fieldwork Funding are automatically submitted to entry for the Masters Dissertation on Africa Prize. The FLCA puts out a call for Dissertation Fieldwork Funding every year in February-March.

To be accepted for funding students must:

  • Be enrolled in an LSE Master’s programme
  • Provide a letter of authorisation for their fieldwork from their Head of Department
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from their supervisor along with a complete application form

Please see more information about Masters Dissertation on Africa Funding here. 

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