PhD

How to apply

Applying for a PhD position

In all cases the decision to admit an applicant to a doctoral programme is made by the thesis supervisor (this should be a full professor), after the approval of the faculty dean.

After successfully attaining a Master of Science degree or equivalent education and meeting all other admission requirements, you may enter a Twente Graduate School research programme in the PhD phase.

PhD candidates may either apply for an available PhD position at one of the research groups or they may have a scholarship or funding of their own.

Regular PhD position

Most PhD researchers in the Netherlands are paid employees, often working directly for the university. Research projects are defined by the chair of the research group and for these projects graduate students are recruited to carry out the research.

Vacancies for regular PhD positions at the University of Twente are offered on the vacancies website.

Own funding

Another way of enrolling into a PhD programme at the University of Twente is by arranging your own funding, for example by means of a scholarship or sponsorship from your employer. In this case all research projects are initiated on the basis of proposals submitted by graduate students as part of their application procedure.

Please note: we will only take a proposed research plan into consideration after you have made clear that an application to a scholarship provider or any other way of funding has been submitted or planned. The University of Twente cannot offer fellowships or similar funding for PhD candidates. The department of your envisaged PhD supervisor may be able to help you with a letter of academic eligibility in order to apply for (scholarship)funds.

If you're funding the PhD track yourself you can contact the professor under whose supervision you want to obtain your doctoral degree directly. You must however first have completed a relevant Master's degree and meet all other admission requirements in order to start a PhD phase.