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Date(s) - 17/12/2023


EES 2023 best diploma work / master thesis award

Showcase your evaluation research to the world!

The European Evaluation Society is now accepting applications for the 2023 Best Diploma Work / Master Thesis Award. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding research on evaluation conducted by students at European higher education institutions.

Are you a student who has completed a diploma work or master’s thesis on evaluation?

If so, we encourage you to apply for this award! The deadline to apply has been extended to December 17, 2023.

About the Award

The EES best diploma work / master theses award is awarded bi-annually [1]. The competition is intended for applicants who have completed a diploma work / master theses on evaluations at any of the European higher education institutions.

A jury will select the award winners based on the eligibility (list 1) and evaluation criteria (list 2) as found in the award description document here.

If you want to apply, submit your application before the 17th of December 2023 per e-mail to the EES Secretariat at The application must contain the following information and documents:

  • Name of the diploma thesis;
  • Name of the author;
  • Names of the supervisor(s) and the opponent(s)/ external examiners;
  • Name of the university, research institute, or a higher education institution where was the diploma thesis supervised and needs to be based in Europe[2];
  • The student submits the diploma thesis in the language of origin (pdf);
  • An abstract of the work between 800 and 1,100 words in English. We recommend the following structure of the abstract:
    a) Background of the work,
    b) Question(s) to be answered,
    c) Data and methods,
    d) Results,
    e) Relevance of the work for the evaluation community.

The first place: two-year membership in the EES and free EES conference attendance (the winner will be informed immediately after the decision to be able to arrange her/his travel)
The second place: two-year membership in the EES
The third place: one-year membership in the EES

The jury reserves the right not to award a prize if none of the submitted diploma theses meets the eligibility criteria or achieves a very low score in evaluation criteria.


The chosen timing provides sufficient time for the individual phases of the appraisal process. It also allows the winners to organize their participation in the bi-annual EES conference. The exact dates will be adjusted according to the calendar to avoid deadlines during weekends.

  • Extended Application deadline 17th December 2023
  • Check of formal requirements 17th December 2023
  • Invitation of two national reviewers 31st December 2023
  • Diploma thesis sent to peer-reviewers 14th January 2024
  • Peer-reviews delivered 14th February 2024
  • Meeting of the jury 28th February 2024
  • Announcement of the winners 3rd March 2024

Click here to access the full description of the 2023 diploma award!

[1] We understand bachelor work, diploma work, and master thesis under the term diploma work which we use throughout the text.

[2] Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Vatican.