SER Thesis Award

The Social and Economic Council (SER) advises the Dutch government and Parliament on social and economic policy. In addition, the SER actively contributes to the development of talent on social and economic topics. That talent is essential for the future of the Netherlands. In this light, the SER has set up a thesis award that is awarded once every two years.

Who can participate?

This year students could compete for the SER Thesis Award if they had written a master’s thesis on a socioeconomic topic, or a topic related to one of the other areas in which the SER is active. The award is intended for (former) master’s students at Dutch universities who completed their thesis between March 2018 and March 2020. Foreign students at Dutch universities were eligible as well.

Win a cash prize of €2000

The winner of the SER Thesis Award will receive a cash prize of €2000. In addition, he or she is allowed to address the SER and will accompany Mariëtte Hamer, the president of the SER, for one day. The other two nominees will receive €500.

The announcement of the winner and the award ceremony will take place during a gathering of the SER in the spring of 2020. 


The judges are:
• Mariëtte Hamer (SER president)
• Han Busker (chair FNV and vice-president SER)
• Hans de Boer (chair VNO-NCW and vice-president SER)

The president of the SER is also the chair of the judges. The judges will judge the entries based on originality, policy relevance, analytical level, and readability. 

Want to participate?

The registration period for the SER Thesis Award 2020 is closed. .

Read the full regulations and procedures here

Previous winners

In 2018, Wouter Kuin won the SER Thesis Award with his thesis ‘Passion for sustainable fashion’. Would you like to know more about his experiences and advice for participants? Click here to watch a video in which he talks about his thesis, and some handy tips for submitting yours!

The other two nominees in 2018 were:
- Steffie van den Bosch, who wrote a thesis about ‘the judicial-normative framework for the restart of a company in the event of impending bankrupcy’.
- Jorien Fase, whose topic was ‘The factors that affect the participation of the intermediately educated in lifelong learning’.


Do you have any questions about the SER Thesis Award 2020? Please contact Marianne Den Boef. T 06 44244817;