Structure & Content

While following a PhD you will be part of 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 fellows 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 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 Delft 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.



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