The International Association for the Study of Popular Music Benelux and the Vereniging Nederlandse Pop Podia en Festivals invites student applicants to apply for the Bachelors and Masters Popular Music Thesis Prize. This prize honors outstanding research by students writing about popular music. The prize is to award the best-researched and best-written BA and MA thesis on some subject related to popular music. The winning thesis will incorporate one or more relevant perspectives which might reflect a broad range of academic and professional fields including but not limited to sociology, musicology, media studies, ethnomusicology, cultural studies, journalism, economics and/or history. Both the BA and MA thesis must be written in either Dutch or English. In general, the thesis must highlight the important role that popular music performs within culture and society. Theses will be judged by a well-respected jury of members comprised of academics and professionals from the Dutch music world.

The winning MA student will be asked to present a short lecture on their research during the IASPM student conference in the spring of 2018. The award ceremony will take place during the VNPF Conference in the fall of 2019.

There is also a monetary prize of 200 for the MA thesis winner.


All materials must be submitted by December 15st, 2018 in pdf form to

Include in your digital application:

BA or MA Thesis including:

  1. Title of thesis
  2. Short abstract (200-300 words)
  3. Full thesis text (please cross out any passages referring to your name or your university name on the thesis to ensure anonymity)

Separate Title Page with:


  1. Student’s name
  2. Student’s institution and major
  3. Thesis supervisor
  4. Education period (study dates)
  5. Degree granted (BA, MA or Pre-Master)
  6. Student’s email and address


A digital copy of the student’s Graduation Certificate.