Graduate programme

Study for a PhD degree

Graduate programme
PhD graduation ceremony at ITC

Graduate students studying for a PhD degree at ITC are registered in its Graduate Programme. Each graduate student carries out a research project in one of the research themes of the Research Programme under the supervision of research group members. Some research projects are defined by the leader of the research group and for these graduate students are recruited to carry out the research. In most cases, however, research projects are initiated on the basis of proposals submitted by graduate students as part of their registration application procedure.

There are approximately 100 graduate students at ITC. Most are full-time PhD student researchers aiming to submit and defend a PhD thesis at one of the Netherlands universities to which ITC is affiliated through adjunct appointments of its professors (University of Twente, Utrecht University, Wageningen University and Research Centre). Others are PhD interns spending periods of about one year at ITC as part of their studies to submit and defend a PhD thesis of a university overseas. For full-time PhD student researchers the time trajectory for completing a PhD research project is 3½ years and continuation during this period is subject to quality assurance checks at six months and then annually. About 150 former registrants of the Graduate Programme have been awarded a PhD degree of a Netherlands university.

If you would like to study in the Graduate Programme, browse the research themes to find a theme that accommodates your background and research interests, then from the appropriate research theme page make a self-assessment of your eligibility for registration. At the end of the self-assessment you can find a link to on-line application for registration in the Graduate Programme.

No funding

Please note that ITC does not offer fellowships or similar funding for graduate students (except for advertised vacancies for which ITC has already secured funding).

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