How to become a PhD

How to become a PhD at TU/e

There are different options for doing a PhD at TU/e. Most PhD candidates will be employed by Eindhoven University of Technology. Other options are to look for funding in your own country or apply for private scholarships.

Employed PhD’s are appointed for a maximum of 4 years in full-time appointment. Some spend part of their time teaching. PhD openings can be find under vacancies. You can apply if you are interested and meet the requirements.

The second option is less common. If you have an excellent research idea that matches TU/e’s scientific ambitions and you have a grant or scholarship, or you’re employed by another company, in exceptional cases you could gain admission to a PhD program.  In this case contact the research group you’re interested in for the possibilities.

Bench fee
PhD candidates that are not hired by TU/e, are required to pay an annual bench fee (similar to tuition) of € 10,000. This bench fee covers the costs for education and supervision. PhD candidates funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council (only) are exempted from this bench fee.

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You will need to find a supervisor yourself or, depending on the type of research, TU/e assigns a supervisor to you. Once you have found a supervisor, you will develop and agree a plan of work.

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