Competition for Youth Research Theses 2016

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Have you written a thesis on young people or youth, or do you know someone who has? The Finnish Youth Research Society is looking for high-quality theses and will reward the best ones with the Youth Research Thesis Awards. The prize-giving will take place in November 2016 during the Annual Conference of Youth Studies, which will be held in Helsinki.

Until 2012 the competition was only aimed at university theses, but since 2013, the competition has been divided into two categories: one for universities and another for universities of applied sciences. The theses from universities of applied sciences are also divided into two separate categories, one for Bachelor's theses and another for Master's theses, which alternate each year. In 2016, Master's theses can be entered into the competition.

The winners in each category will be awarded EUR 1000, and two theses in each category will also receive an honourable mention. 

Theses meeting the below criteria can be entered into the competition:

1) Universities

The thesis has been accepted as a Master's thesis at a Finnish university between 1.1.2015 and 6.6.2016 (written in one of the national languages or English) and has received a grade of at least magna cum laude or 4. Theses that have been previously entered may not be re-entered this year.

The discipline of the thesis is not restricted, but it should have a Youth Research approach, meaning that:

  • At least one of the central themes of the thesis must be a phenomenon which is important in the lives of young people, its target group should be young people, or it should discuss youth as a phase of life. An innovative thesis is seen as a merit; it should introduce a new perspective, methodological development, theoretical insight or phenomenon into the realm of youth studies. 
  • The thesis must have an obvious connection to the current debate on youth research. 

2) Universities of applied sciences

The thesis has been accepted as a Master's thesis at a university of applied sciences between 1.1.2014 and 6.6.2016 (written in one of the national languages or English). It has received a grade of at least 4. Theses that have been previously entered may not be re-entered this year. 

For a thesis to be accepted into the competition it must focus on young people, youth or those working with young people. A phenomenon which has great importance for youth work and/or youth policy, or discussion on developing youth work or youth policy should also be a central theme in the thesis. An innovative thesis is also seen as a merit in this category.

In unclear cases the jury appointed by the Board of the Finnish Youth Research Society will decide whether or not a thesis that has been entered meets the above criteria.


Instructions

The thesis must reach the Finnish Youth Research Society by 4 pm on Monday 6th June 2016. The thesis can be sent in by the author or by his/her supervisor, as long as the author agrees to take part.

The thesis must be sent electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent for all emails received. 

The following details are to be submitted with the thesis:

  • author’s personal and contact details (home address, email address and telephone number)
  • name of the institution, the supervisor of the thesis, the grade given to the thesis and the date when it was officially accepted
  • abstract (1 page).


NB. Names and other details (including the name of the university where the thesis was written) must be removed from the internal pages of the thesis so that it can be assessed anonymously. However, these details must not be removed from the covering page.

By participating in this competition the authors agree to their theses being archived in the Youth Research library, where they will be available for borrowing, and to the publication of the prize-winning theses on the Finnish Youth Research Society's website.

Further information

Jaana Lähteenmaa
Chairman of the jury
University of Helsinki
Tel. 050 319 9362
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Sirpa Frondelius-Kindström
Finnish Youth Research Society
Tel. 020 755 2657

www.youthresearch.fi/thesis-competition-2016