The call for theses is closed now. The Association for Researchers in Psychology & Health (ARPH) annually sponsors an award for best PhD thesis. The purpose of this award is to encourage young researchers who have uniquely contributed to the field of psychology and health. The winner will receive a certificate and a prize of 500 euros.

General Conditions

  • Candidates must have obtained (or will obtain) their PhD degree in the calendar year 2016.
  • Candidates should be member of ARPH (or have applied to become member before the submission deadline).
  • Candidates will attend the ARPH conference 2017 in Leiden. The winner of the award will give a presentation about the PhD thesis at the conference (on February 3rd, 2017).


Candidates must submit an electronic version of their PhD thesis before November 18th, 2016, as well as a short abstract (max. 250 words). The abstract should clearly convey the theoretical basis of the work, as well as the methods, the major results, a discussion of the main findings, and up to 3 keywords specifying the domain of the conducted research. Only PhD theses written in English are eligible. By their participation, the candidates accept the general conditions of the award.

The PhD Award Jury consists of 1 member of the ARPH board (Prof. dr. Ellen Smets, Academic Medical Center) and 6 senior ARPH members (Dr. Nadine Bol, University of Amsterdam; Dr. Annemiek Linn, University of Amsterdam; Dr. Nanon Labrie, Academic Medical Center; Dr. Maartje de Wit, VU University Medical Center; Dr. Hester Trompetter, University of Twente and Dr. Paula Mommersteeg, Tilburg University).

Submissions should be sent via email to the chair of the PhD Award Jury: Prof. dr. Ellen Smets ( The winning candidate will be notified by the jury before December 21rst.