How to Apply

Candidates must ensure their thesis meets the following criteria:

  • The thesis should relate to the EAC’s mission and objectives;
  • The thesis amplifies the importance of expatriation studies and improves the understanding of expatriate life. Read more about the definition of expatriate on About the EAC Thesis Award;
  • The thesis is written in English;
  • The thesis has been awarded a mark of 8/10 or more (or equivalent, e.g., 16/20 or more, or an ‘A’);
  • The thesis is from the last four academic years.

The following criteria are used to assess submitted theses, the weight of each in percentages: originality and innovation (20%); technical quality (30%); composition (10%); potential for contributing to the stimulation of scholarly (e.g. theoretical, methodological, etc.) perspectives regarding the Award theme (20%); potential for contributing to the stimulation of practical engagement by policy, industry and/or civil society actors with the Award theme (20%).


All candidates must submit the digital application form. Please read here to learn more about how we process your personal information. The application form includes the following:

  • personal details;
  • thesis details;
  • 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 (PDF).


By submitting an application, candidates agree to the following terms:

  • The copyrights of the thesis and thesis executive summary remain with the authors of the thesis and the thesis executive summary;
  • Partner organisations are permitted to feature the entered theses and summaries under the condition that the authors are mentioned. The involved organisations are not allowed to financially profit from the featuring of the theses;
  • The authors of the top five thesis applications each year consent to the EAC keeping a (digital) copy of their thesis to be added to the EAC library;
  • The author(s) of the thesis protects the involved organisations of all claims on violation of copyrights by third parties.

If you have any questions regarding the Thesis Award or your eligibility, don’t hesitate to contact us at