Best Master Thesis Award - 2020 CALL



BAPS annually sponsors an award for the best master thesis in Psychology. The purpose of the award is to recognize master theses that use a scientific approach and make an original contribution to any field in psychology (clinical, social, cognitive, modelling, developmental, industrial, etc.). The winner of the Best Master Thesis Award receives €500.


Candidates must have a Master degree in psychology from a psychology department of a Belgian University. Only master theses written in French, Dutch or English are eligible. The degree must be obtained in the academic year that precedes the award year (e.g., to enter this year’s competition, the thesis must have been completed during the 2018-2019 academic year). The thesis must have been awarded a grade of at least 16/20. Furthermore, candidates must be members of BAPS for the year 2019 (or have applied to become a member before the submission deadline). By participating, the candidates accept the general conditions of the award.

Past Winners (2012-present)

2020  Rakoen Maertens (Ghent University)

2019,,Karla Matic (KULeuven)

2018  Pieter Verbeke (UGent)

2017  Delphine Puttaert (ULB)

2016  Jeroen Delplanque (UGent)

2015  Kim Archambeau (ULB)

2014  Charlotte Muscarella (VUB)

2013  Esther De Loof (UGent)

2012  Joline Rediers (KULeuven)

Application Procedure

Candidates must submit an electronic copy of their thesis as well as a summary of the thesis. The summary should be written in English and should not exceed 1,000 words. Candidates are allowed to include a maximum of 3 tables or figures, as well as up to 40 references (these are not included in the word count). The summary should clearly convey the theoretical basis of the work, the methods, the main results, and a discussion of the main findings.


Candidates should also include a statement regarding their specific contributions and the role of their promotor (and daily supervisor) in the development of the research idea, the writing-up of the theoretical introduction and the general discussion, as well as their contribution to the statistical analyses. This section should not exceed 200 words, and should be approved and signed by the promotor.


Up to 3 keywords specifying the domain of the thesis should be provided. Candidates should also clearly state their name, address, phone number and e-mail, and provide the names of their institution and their supervisor. 


All documents for the application need to be send to


Submissions are due by November 11th, 2019. The winner is announced at the annual BAPS meeting, which will take place in Louvain-la-Neuve in May 2019. 


For further information and correspondence, please contact:

Alain Van Hiel (

Upon reception of the application, each candidate receives a confirmation of receipt. One member of the EC checks candidates’ eligibility. Then, the evaluation followed a two-step procedure. As a first step, each application is evaluated on the basis of the summary of the thesis by three members of the BAPS executive committee chosen for (1) the relevance of their fields of expertise (2) among members that do not belong to the same university as the candidate and that do not have a conflict of interest (see below). Based on this evaluation, the best 2-4 thesis are shortlisted. As a second step, the full thesis of shortlisted candidates is evaluated by a jury composed of members of the National Committee for Psychology at RASAB (ROYAL ACADEMIES FOR SCIENCE AND THE ARTS OF BELGIUM). The BAPS president sends the folders of the shortlisted candidates to the President of the National Committee which decides about the most appropriate jury depending of the topics of the shortlisted theses. 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.

Evaluation Procedure