PhD Thesis Design Award

PhD candidates not only spend a lot of time and effort on the content of their theses, but also on the design of the book. The AMC Graduate School presents an annual awards for PhD thesis with most outstanding cover and lay-out, defended at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Amsterdam. Nominations can be made by the PhD candidate and are assessed each year by a panel of judges appointed by the AMC Graduate School Board. The thesis cover and lay-out should show artistic quality, relevance, and originality.

PhD Thesis Design Award 2019 is open for application.

Deadline for application is June 1rst 23:59, 2020.

The AMC Graduate School for Medical Sciences grants an annual award for the most outstanding PhD thesis cover and lay-out. The winner of the first prize for ‘Most Outstanding PhD Thesis Design’ receives an AMC work of art.


  • The PhD Thesis Design Award 2019 is given for the most outstanding cover and lay-out of PhD theses published and defended in 2019 at the Faculty of Medicine at he University of Amsterdam.
  • The PhD candidate must be registered with the AMC Graduate School.
  • The PhD candidate is available for the Awards Session on 16 June 2020.

To be considered for the PhD Thesis Design Awards 2019, four paper copies of the PhD thesis must be submitted before June 1rst 23:59. An accompanying letter in which the artistic quality of the cover and lay-out is illustrated, and in which the relevance and originality of the thesis design are motivated, is also required.

A jury of experienced AMC scientists and art experts will independently review all submissions and evaluate the artistic quality, relevance, and originality of the thesis design. The jury decides on the award winner in a jury meeting.

Before 16 June 2020 all candidates will receive notification by e-mail from the AMC Graduate School and learn whether they have won.

The winner will receive the award at the annual AMC Awards Session.

PhD Theses must be submitted to: 
J.M.G. Stolwijk
Director AMC Graduate School for Medical Sciences
AMC Room E2-164
Meibergdreef 9
P.O. Box 22660
1100 DD Amsterdam

For more information: Janine Stolwijk,,
+31 20 566 8235.

PhD Thesis Design Award Winners
PhD Thesis Design 2018 Fleur Tjong
PhD Thesis Design 2017 Joëlle Oosterman