The PhD duration in the Netherlands is about 4 years. Preparation and final reporting – the first and last portion of the programme – are carried out in Delft, while actual research can be done in the fellow’s home country, often under co-supervision of a local institute, or continuously at IHE Delft. At IHE Delft you will focus on writing your research proposal and attending some tailored courses the first 9 – 12 months.
PhD candidates will only be accepted after their research proposal has been approved by IHE Delft’s Academic Board. After that, regular meeting and reports (6-months reports) have to be prepared (either in Delft or through visits and long-distance communication) to check the status of your progress. This enables researchers to employ solutions directly to problems in their geographical region.
IHE PhD degrees are joint with other universities (e,g. TU Delft, Wageningen University, University of Amsterdam, etc.) depending on the affiliation of the professor with who you’ll be registered. IHE Delft's PhD degrees are awarded jointly with a relevant partner university, ensuring that it is embedded in the prevailing higher education legislation. The degrees are highly valued and fully recognized in all parts of the world. It is worth noting that you need to be register first at IHE Delft before be affiliated to the joint university and not the other way around.
IHE Delft is a member of the Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment (SENSE). This Dutch research school focuses on both the natural sciences and socio-economic fields of environmental research. SENSE is accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW), and brings together excellent academic research groups from nine universities and research centres.
As PhD fellow at IHE Delft, you are required to achieve a certain minimum number of academic credits depending on the university with which you will be affiliated.
Meet our PhD Fellows
A list of PhD fellows is available here.