Best Master Thesis Award



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.


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 (