Structure & Content

While following a PhD you will be supported by the IHE Delft International Graduate School for Water and Development. The aim of the Graduate School is to create a vibrant and intellectually exciting research and development environment at the heart of the institute. The Graduate School supports the PhD candidates and the institute to contribute to the global challenges for sustainable water use.

The PhD duration in the Netherlands is about 4 years. Preparation and final reporting – the first and last portion of the programme – are usually carried out in Delft. At IHE Delft you will focus on writing your research proposal and attending some tailored courses the first 9 – 12 months. The actual research can be done in the fellow’s home country or continuously at IHE Delft.

The PhD Roadmap: Standard Timeline & Deadlines

This roadmap gives you an overview of the standard timeline of the IHE PhD programme and the deadline.

PhD candidates will only be allowed to continue their PhD programme after they have successfully defended their research proposal 9 months after the start of the programme, and have received approval from IHE Delft’s Academic Board. After that, regular meetings and reports (6-months and annual progress reports) have to be prepared to safeguard your progress.

IHE Delft PhD degrees are joint with our partner universities TU Delft, Wageningen University, University of Amsterdam, University of Twente, etc., depending on the university affiliation of the IHE Delft professor who acts as your promotor and chairs your supervisory committee. The degrees are highly valued and fully recognized in all parts of the world. It is worth noting that you need to be registered first at IHE Delft before becoming affiliated with the joint university and not the other way around.




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