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Virtus Thesis Award
Every two years, the Society for Nobility Studies presents the Virtus Thesis Award for Nobility Studies for the best (Research) Master’s thesis that is substantially devoted to (an aspect of) nobility studies. Eligible are (research) master’s theses in completion of an academic programme in history or another relevant discipline at a Dutch or Belgian university. The thesis must be written in Dutch, English, French or German.
In addition to the award, the winning student receives the sum of €500,- and is given the opportunity to rework the thesis into an article that will be published in Virtus, Journal of Nobility Studies, pending the judgement of the editors and two external referees.
All submitted theses will be reviewed by a jury appointed by the Society for Nobility Studies. If none of the submitted theses meet the jury's requirements, the jury reserves the right not to present a thesis award.
The call for submissions for the Virtus Thesis Award 2020 is not open yet.
The Virtus Thesis Award for Nobility Studies 2018 is awarded to Joris van Son for his thesis Studying Music at Home: Eighteenth-Century Dutch Domestic Music-Making (Research Master Musicology, Utrecht University), supervised by dr. Rebekah Ahrendt. The jury was formed by prof. dr. Maarten Prak (chair), prof. dr. Hans Cools, dr. Conrad Gietman and dr. Elyze Storms-Smeets.
The Virtus Thesis Award for Nobility Studies 2016 was presented to Gerrit van Oosterom for his Dutch thesis Gronden van vermaak. Een reconstructie van de ontwikkeling van de buitenplaatscultuur en het buitenplaatslandschap langs de Oude Rijn tussen Leiden en Utrecht (1600-1900) (University of Groningen), supervised by prof. dr. Yme Kuiper. The jury was formed by prof. dr. Willem Frijhoff (chair), dr. Conrad Gietman, dr. Sophie Reinders and dr. Elyze Storms-Smeets.