NeFCA Dissertation Award 2018: Call for nominations

The NeFCA Dissertation Award aims to acknowledge excellent dissertations in the field of Communication Sciences and wants to recognize the quality of doctoral research in the Netherlands and Flanders.

The NeFCA Dissertation Award 2018 will be awarded to the best dissertation defended in 2018.


The dissertation must have been successfully defended between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018, at one of the Departments of Communication Sciences at universities in the Netherlands and Flanders that are members of NeFCA.


Each staff member or Ph.D. student can nominate only one dissertation. Anonymous nominations will not be considered. Self-nominations are strongly invited (this includes nominees currently employed elsewhere). All nominations will be handled confidentially.

A nomination package consists of (either in Dutch or English):

  • Full reference of the doctoral dissertation (i.e., name of author, title of dissertation, where the dissertation was successfully defended, defense date, names of promoters and co-promoters);
  • A digital copy of the doctoral dissertation (in pdf-format);
  • A motivation of the nomination that addresses the quality of the dissertation in terms of theoretical advances, design, methodology etc. (max. 1 page);


There is a peer-jury for this award, organized by NeFCA’s Young Scholars Network, consisting of volunteering PhD students. Members of the peer-jury of the NeFCA dissertation award 2018 are: Edward De Vooght (Ghent University, chair), Ben De Groeve (Ghent University), Marieke Wieringa (Radboud University Nijmegen), Lies De Kimpe (University of Antwerp), Rian Koreman (Erasmus University Rotterdam), and other members to be added. The jury is autonomous in its selection criteria as well as its decision. The composition of the jury changes annually.

Submission and questions

Nominations should be sent to Edward De Vooght no later than Saturday 30 November 2019.

Any questions about the award or the nomination process should be directed to NeFCA’s Vice-President prof. dr. Karolien Poels. 

Award announcement

The NeFCA Dissertation Award 2018 will be awarded at the Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap at University of Amsterdam (6-7 February 2020).