Best Master Thesis Award

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BAPS annually sponsors an award for the best master thesis in Psychology. The purpose of the award is to recognize master theses which 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 is announced at the Annual Meeting and receives €500.


Candidates must have completed a Master Thesis within the domain of Psychological Sciences at 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 2019-2020 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 2020 (or have applied to become a member before the submission deadline).

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. 


All documents for the application need to be integrated as one single pdf-file (with the file name labelled as follows: NAME and SURNAME of the candidate_best master thesis 2021) and sent to . The pdf should start with the summary, followed by the signed contribution statement, and finally the full thesis. The deadline for submitting the application is November 20th 2020.

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Upon reception of the application, the candidate will receive a confirmation of receipt. After checking eligibility, the evaluation will follow a two-step procedure. As a first step, each application will be evaluated on the basis of the summary of the thesis by four members of the BAPS executive committee that do not belong to the same university as the candidate. Each application will be ranked. The best 2-3 theses with the lowest mean rank order are shortlisted. 


As a second step, the full thesis of shortlisted candidates will be evaluated by a jury composed of members of the National committee for psychology at RASAB (ROYAL ACADEMIES FOR SCIENCE AND THE ARTS OF BELGIUM).


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 thesis, 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