CALL for submissions 2018

Netspar awards three prizes of each € 3,000 for outstanding theses related to the financing of old age and aging, in the following categories:

  • Master/Research Master Thesis
  • PhD thesis (dissertation)
  • Final assignment Netspar TIAS Academy

Nominations for the thesis awards can be submitted by students themselves and/or graduation supervisors, including from the sector. The deadline for delivery is 16 October 2018 at 12.00. The Editorial Board selects the prize winners. The winners will be announced during the International Pension Workshop in January 2019.

The deadline for submission has passed.

More information about Thesis Awards

Importance of aging issues

By the year 2050, nearly 35% of the European population will be aged 60 and over. The aging issue raises numerous questions. For example:

  • What is the desired development in retirement age and what does this mean for older employees?
  • What effect do developments such as flexibility on the labor market have on pension outcomes?
  • How can the pension commitment be tailored to individual characteristics? To what extend are freedom of choice and customization is desired?
  • How can trust in the pension system be restored?
  • What will the developments in the field of Big Data mean for the pension provision?
  • How should pension providers invest and what opportunities are there for sustainable investment?Is there a reason to link pensions and retirement to paying off mortgages and long term care for the elderly?

To enter the competition and be eligible for these Netspar prizes, the following conditions and guidelines are important:

  • Students enrolled in any of the educational programs offered by universities worldwide may participate;
  • The thesis/dissertation topic should be related to Netspar’s research program;
  • The thesis/dissertation can either be based on academic literature or can be written during an internship at one of Netspar’s partners;
  • The thesis/dissertation has to be defended between October 15, 2017 and October 16, 2018.

The criteria to select winners are:

  • Academic quality, including the use of literature and methods/techniques;
  • Relevance for Netspar’s research program;
  • Concise and analytical writing style;
  • Originality and presentation.
  • The final submission date for nominations is October 16, 2018 at 12.00hrs;
  • The Editorial Board of Netspar selects the winners.
  • The awards will be presented at the Netspar International Pension Workshop in January 2019.

For any remaining questions, please contact Netspar

The deadline for submission has passed.

You can find our former Netspar Thesis Winners here.

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