BAPS Early Career Award



The Belgian Association for Psychological Sciences is announcing a new initiative, the BAPS Early Career Award. While many scientific associations are proposing awards for scientific excellence in their respective fields, there are few initiatives in Belgium aimed at honoring outstanding scientists, and even fewer in psychological sciences. BAPS is filling this gap by launching a first award for early career researchers. This initiative adds to the already existing Best Bachelor Thesis, Best Master Thesis and Best PhD Thesis Awards.

The present call is the first one for the BAPS Early Career Award. This award will recognize the scientific excellence of researchers in psychological sciences up to 6 years after their PhD. Any researcher in psychological sciences working at a Belgian research institution as a primary affiliation for at least the last 12 months before the date of application and being a current member of BAPS can be nominated for this award. All kinds of psychological research have an equal chance of receiving the award regardless of the specific psychological subdiscipline or whether it is more basic or applied psychology.


The applications will be assessed by an external jury of 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 2020. The winner is expected to contribute to a paper for Psychologica Belgica.

Past Winners

2020: Pieter Van Dessel

  • PhD obtained between January 1st  2014 and January 1st, 2018  (the date can be extended in case of career’s interruptions such as maternity/paternity leave or sick leave)

  • The candidate has been a member of BAPS since at least 2019 and has been working at a Belgian research institution as a primary affiliation for the last 12 months. Please note that for future calls, the rules regarding membership will be stricter.

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 mentioning main achievements – Maximum 2 pages. This category is conceived broadly. It can involve scientific advancement (publications in major journals, invitation for symposia or keynote lectures, obtaining important grants, being member of editorial boards, …) and/or societal relevance 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.

  • Based on the applications received the jury is composed of at least one member per psychology domain

  • The BAPS delegate at the board for scientific affairs at EFFPA ask the other delegates during the Fall meeting following the call 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 president coordinates the international jury by sending the applications, ratings and communicate the schedule to receive the applications.

  • 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.

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

Evaluation Procedure