IHLIA Thesis Prize

For the best thesis in the field of LGBTQI+ history

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Every year, dozens of students at universities write a thesis on a subject in the field of LGBTQI+ history. Unfortunately, much of this material disappears into the proverbial drawer. That is a pity, of course. To make this research more visible and to reward it, IHLIA presents a biannual thesis prize for the best LGBTQI+ historical thesis in Flanders and the Netherlands.

In 2024, IHLIA LGBTI Heritage will also be looking for the best thesis in the field of LGBTQ+ history in Flanders and the Netherlands.

Eligible for the prize are both English and Dutch theses that:

  • have been written at a Dutch or Flemish institute for university education;
  • have been awarded a mark of at least 8 (NL) or 16 (BE) or more;
  • were written in the academic years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 (i.e. between September 2021 and September 2023).

A four-member expert jury will judge the entries on quality and originality.

The author of the winning thesis:

  • receives an amount of €750;
  • will be able to edit his/her/their thesis into an article that will be published in the magazine Historica (provided it is positively assessed by the editors).

The festive award ceremony will take place at the end of March 2024 as part and conclusion of the Queer History Month, where the nominees and winner will present their thesis.


Entries that meet the criteria can now be submitted via the upload module below on this page.

You can submit your thesis until November 30, 2023 in PDF accompanied with:

  • An application form with your name, e-mail address, study programme, university or research institute, date of graduation and thesis supervisor;
  • Provide the anonymised Master’s or Research Master’s thesis with page numbers;
  • A summary of approximately 100 words;
  • Official confirmation of the final grade for the thesis.

Entrants will receive a confirmation of receipt. Feel free to send an e-mail to thea@ihlia.nl if you have not received a confirmation within a few days.

Entrants agree to the inclusion of their thesis in the archive of IHLIA LGBTI Heritage.

> Thesis and jury regulations

If none of the submitted theses meet the quality requirements of the jury, the jury reserves the right not to award a thesis prize.

Edition 2022

In 2022, IHLIA LGBTI Heritage awarded the IHLIA Thesis Prize for the first time. The winner is Robbe Himpe, who researched homosexual fatherhood in Flanders.