VERSEN PhD Thesis Award

About the Thesis Awards

To further promote and encourage excellence in software engineering research, VERSEN has introduced the VERSEN Thesis Awards. The awards are indications of excellence that can support talent in future applications in the current competitive academic climate.

The awards are supported by NWO and promoted at ICT.Open.

The theses will be judged on the following factors, in equal parts:

  • Novelty to and impact in the field promoted by VERSEN.

  • Timeliness.

  • Quality of the thesis report and associated artifacts.

  • Methodological approach and execution.

Please note that the thesis will be published on VERSEN’s website and cannot contain any intellectual property that is not public. If applicable, we will also publish links to associated artifacts (datasets, Github links, etc.).

Procedure Thesis Awards 2021

The Award can only be awarded to graduate students who have obtained their degree from a Dutch institute of higher academic learning between September 1st, 2020, until August 31st, 2021. We strongly recommend that both the winner of a thesis award and the nominator are present at the award ceremony. 

Important Dates (Both Awards)

  • 01-10-2021 Awards are announced, submission form open

  • 01-12-2021 Deadline for submission

  • 01-02-2022 Notification

  • April 2022 Award ceremony at ICT.Open for the PhD Thesis Award

Nominations for the awards should consist of:

  • Thesis (in PDF format)

  • Curriculum vitae (in PDF format) of the nominee

Where can I get further information?

For further information about the awards, contact dr. Slinger Jansen (

Evaluation Committee Thesis Awards

  • 2020-2021 dr. Slinger Jansen, prof. dr. Jorge Perez, dr. Anton Wijs, dr. Yanja Dajsuren

  • 2019-2020 prof.dr. Patricia Lago, dr. Slinger Jansen, prof. dr. Jorge Perez

  • 2018-2019 prof.dr. Patricia Lago, dr. Slinger Jansen, Jan Friso Groote