When a promising researcher identified a research topic of interest and secured adequate personal funding for completing a PhD-research project, they may present their project idea to CSTM. CSTM will assess the applicant and their proposed project, next step can be to connect to the envisioned promoter and if consent is reached, some forms need to be submitted to the promoter and the Dean of the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences (BMS). Based upon the approval of the Dean, the promoter then can enroll you into the PhD programme. Some conditions can be assessed at forehand, as listed further below.
In principle, an application for an open PhD-position can only be awarded when all of the following conditions are met:
- Adequate own funding on the part of the candidate
CSTM cannot offer grants for research, nor for travel and living expenses; such funding will have to be demonstrably secured by the candidate themselves, preferably on the basis of a research grant from an external funding organization (as explained in point 2. In addition to covering the travel and living expenses, this external grant should also include a yearly tuition fee as required by the University of Twente and the BMS Faculty. Find more details on the UT tuition fee packages below.
- Positive indications of a candidate’s research competence in the relevant field
An application should ideally come with a proposal that has been awarded a research grant by an organization with a recognized academic reputation, upon intrinsic assessment of the related research proposal. Still, alternative proof of a candidate’s abilities is possible, such as examples of academic work written in English, a draft of a research plan that communicates ambitions and skills, or endorsement by academic peers (e.g. MSc. thesis supervisors).
- Fit between the proposed research topic and pre-specified CSTM research themes
To be accepted by CSTM, applications for PhD research should demonstrate a strong fit with one or more of the topics on the list of research themes below.
- Availability of supervisory capacity within CSTM
Even when there is a sufficient fit with a given research topic, it may be that the relevant supervisors are currently not available, given their involvement in existing research projects or other tasks.
- An academic master degree in a relevant discipline
The candidate must have an academic master degree in a relevant discipline, such as Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, Policy Studies, European Studies, Business Administration, Economics, Law, Sociology, Anthropology, Development Studies, Systems Science, Sustainability Science, Energy Management, Energy Engineering, Water Management, Water Engineering, Environmental Management, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Civil Engineering.
- A candidate’s continued and substantive availability to do the PhD research
Sufficient research progress requires that a candidate is available to work on their research project at least three days per week, for a consecutive period of four years. The candidate is generally required to spend at least three months each year at CSTM.
- Sufficient command of the English language
Candidates need to provide proof of sufficient command of the English language. An IELTS score of at least 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90 (TOEFL/IBT) or Cambridge CAE-C (CPE) is taken as a general minimum. Further, the research proposal and application for a position with CSTM must be written in English by the applicant themselves.
The UT applies a standard tuition fee for External PhD Candidates of EUR 15,000 per year . Following UNL guidelines, this fee consists of the following four categories:
- Basic Fee: EUR 2500 per year.
This is a fee for the basic facilities that are always offered during a PHD trajectory. This includes access and use of the library facilities as well as the overall UT infrastructure (e.g., including use of various licenses for systems, an online workplace, and the support of the secretariat etc.). In addition, participation in the mandatory TGS training programme is included as well.
- Supervision costs: EUR 8000 per year.
- Use of a workplace on campus and/or the BMS Lab facilities: EUR 1250 per year.
- Additional Activities: EUR 3250 per year.
This includes e.g., membership of an additional graduate school, training/courses outside TGS, conference visits, costs related to the defence such as proofreading and editing, printing the dissertation, and costs for the PhD ceremony and/or related symposium, translation costs, Open Access publication(s), etc.
(Part of) the tuition fee can be waived by the Dean upon request from the intended promotor. The request for a (partial) waiver is submitted as part of the request for registration of the External PhD candidate. Instead of a waiver, agreements can also be made about commitment to the research section or department, such as providing education, support for organising conferences, etc.
Studies can focus upon aspects of policy, governance, regulatory, innovations and transitions in society, as far as the targets and domain are relevant for sustainability and aligned with the CSTM Research vision. The boundaries set to sustainability are roughly based upon the SDGs and the social, environmental and ecological indicators. Supervision will be done by a responsible promoter holding full promoter right and a senior researcher dependent on theme and envisioned research strategy. Potential themes are described in an indicative list:
- Nexus / rurban rivalries - Governance and management of rivalry claims on space and resources, touching upon the nexus challenge of land use, energy, water, agriculture, production, and including cross-cutting perspectives such as the water-food-energy nexus, justice and equity (across genders, across urban and rural communities).
- Energy transition and climate mitigation studies – Governance and management aspects of policies and projects concerning societies moving towards a sustainable energy provision, such as the design of new legal frameworks or organization forms (e.g. PPPs) and the development and use of smart grids; this can include legal and/or regulatory aspects.
- Green business / materials – Governance and management aspects of policies and projects concerning the greening of industry, especially of supply chains, and enhancing a circular economy (e.g. waste to resources/energy), such as by the use of standardization & certification, legal project management and by enhancing transparency and stakeholder involvement; this can include legal and/or regulatory aspects.
- Water governance and climate adaptation studies – Governance and management of aspects of policies and projects concerning quantitative or qualitative water management and climate adaptation challenges, involving multi-level and multi-actor (PPP) approaches; this can include legal and/or regulatory aspects.
- Regulation & sustainability – Legal and/or regulatory aspects of policies and projects that involve innovative types of rules and regulation, such as certification, real-time regulation, tradable rights schemes, experimental regulation, transnational standard-setting, monitoring and enforcement.
- Governance & sustainability – Governance and management aspects of policies and projects, regarding the institutional character and/or the functioning of competitive markets and/or of civil society/community initiatives and/or of government, as well as cross-cutting modes of governance (and hybrid organizations) as regards the production and allocation of goods and services with a relevance to enhancing sustainability, and finally multi-level governance relations, such as between trans-, international, supranational and national levels of governance.
- Technology & sustainability – Studies into the mutual interaction between technology and society in the context of the quest for sustainability. Technology thereby can be considered as tool as well as intermediary influential factor.
- ICT & sustainability – Legal and/or regulatory and/or distributive aspects and/or ethical aspects of policies and projects concerning the role of ICT in achieving sustainability objectives, such as product and service efficiency, responsible use of big data towards improving policy and business efficiency and effectiveness, transparency etc.
- Justice & sustainability – Legal studies concerning environmental and energy justice in different dimensions and scales, such as Global North vs Global South, gender, human rights, concerns, enforcement of law/rights concerning sustainability.
- Robotics, governance & regulations – Governance of development and use of robotics in modern day and future societies and smart cities, in the field of transport (drones, driverless cars), care & cure, and industry.
Applications for open PhD positions at CSTM should be sent to Mrs. B. van Dalm-Grobben (firstname.lastname@example.org), with reference to one or more of the topics/supervisors mentioned above.