Early Career Award

The Belgian Association for Psychological Sciences is announcing a new initiative, the BAPS Early Career Award. This award will recognize the scientific excellence of researchers in psychological sciences up to 6 years after their PhD.

BAPS Early Career Award - Call 2022

The Belgian Association for Psychological Sciences is looking for candidates for the 2022 BAPS Early Career Award. The award recognizes the scientific excellence of researchers in psychological sciences up to 6 years after their PhD. All types of psychological research have an equal chance of receiving the award regardless of the specific psychological subdiscipline or whether it concerns basic or applied psychology.

The applications will be assessed by an external jury of senior international researchers appointed by BAPS with regard to the domains of expertise of the applicants. The jury members will be suggested to BAPS by the national associations of psychology that are active in the Board of scientific affairs of EFPA (European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations,

The winner will receive 1,500€ and will give a Prize Lecture at the Annual Meeting of BAPS in 2022. The winner is invited to contribute to a paper for Psychologica Belgica.


  • PhD obtained between January 1st 2016 and January 1st, 2020 (the date can be extended in case of career’s interruptions such as maternity/paternity leave or sick leave)
  • The candidate has been a BAPS member for at least two years during the last 4 calendar years (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021) and has been working at a Belgian research institution as a primary affiliation for the last 12 months.

Application Procedure

The candidate is nominated by a full member of BAPS (no self-nominations)

The nominator provides:

  • Two letters of recommendation (one from the nominator, one from a scientist outside Belgium)
  • A 10 pages max. CV
  • The PDFs of maximum 5 papers of the candidate including a brief rationale for selecting the papers
  • A full list of publications (presented by year of publication, starting with the oldest ones. Only peer-reviewed papers, books and books chapters are considered).
  • A document describing the main achievements of the candidate – maximum 2 pages. This can involve scientific advancements (publications in major journals, invitation for symposia or keynote lectures, obtaining important grants, being member of editorial boards, …) and/or achievements in terms of societal impact including relevance for practice (tool development, training sessions for clinicians, …). Dissemination of the work amongst a broad audience (e.g., media coverage) can be mentioned too.

All the documents are to be sent by the nominator via email to the president of BAPS ( before January 5th, 2022.

Evaluation Procedure

Based on the applications that are received, a jury is composed of at least one member per psychology domain. The BAPS delegate at the board for scientific affairs at EFPA asks the other delegates to consult their national association to find jury members. The choice of domain/National association is made based on the expertise of the national delegate. The BAPS past-president (Olivier Luminet) coordinates the activities of the international jury.

All those involved in the evaluation and selection of the candidates are asked to confirm that they do not have common financial interests or a familial or substantial professional relationship (i.e., supervisor of PhD, co-author of a publication during the past 5 years, head of department, member of the same research unit) and to disclose any other possible reasons for a conflict of interest. If the BAPS president or past-president have a conflict of interest with one of the candidates, their role in the selection process will be taken over by a member of the BAPS Executive Committee who does not have conflict of interest.

When the evaluations do not reveal a clear winner, the BAPS president organizes a video conference with the international jury with the aim to select a winner.

Past Winners

2022: Jozefien De Leersnyder

2020: Pieter Van Dessel

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