CALL for submissions 2023

Netspar awards two prizes for outstanding theses related to (the financing of) retirement and aging, in the following categories:

  • Master/Research Master Thesis: thesis award of € 1.500,-;
  • PhD thesis (dissertation): thesis award of € 3.000,-.

Students themselves and/or graduation supervisors, also from the sector, can submit nominations for the thesis awards.

More information about Thesis Awards

Importance of aging issues

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

  • How do we ensure a sustainable pension system?
  • How do people prepare for their pension, and what is the most effective way to help them make the right choices?
  • How should pension funds and insurance companies invest their capital, and how should they deal with risks in the interest of their participants?
  • What are the consequences of the rising retirement age for older employees and employment policies?
  • What is the relation between pensions and the need for housing and long-term care for the elderly?

To enter the competition and be eligible for these Netspar awards, 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 final version of the thesis/dissertation needs to be submitted to the home university between October 16, 2021 and July 7th, 2023.

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 July 7, 2023 at 12.00hrs;
  • The Netspar Editorial Board will select the winners;
  • The nominees will be informed by e-mail in July/August 2023;
  • The awards will be presented at the Pension Day on October 12, 2023.

The call for submissions has officially ended.

For any remaining questions, please contact Netspar.

You can find our former Netspar Thesis Winners here.

Netspar, Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement, is a thinktank and knowledge network. Netspar is dedicated to promoting a wider understanding of the economic and social implications of pensions, aging and retirement in the Netherlands and Europe.


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