PhD at ITC

Become a high-skilled geospatial professional

A PhD study at ITC is carried out in one of the six research themes under the supervision of staff and promotor. A PhD study may be initiated on the basis of a proposal submitted by the PhD candidate as part of the registration procedure. PhD studies may also be defined and announced by the research theme.

PhD categories

There are approximately 140 PhD candidates at ITC, including research staff positions (AIO-positions). Most PhD candidates are full-time at ITC, aiming to submit and defend a PhD thesis within a four-year research period. Others are PhD interns spending periods of several months to one year at ITC as part of their studies.

Programme overview

Your tasks as a PhD researcher include research activities, attending training courses and teaching and supervising activities (in principle only for employees). Your research activities will provide you with the skills and experience you need to become an independent researcher. Part of your research also involves disseminating the knowledge you acquire, for example, through publications in academic journals.

During the 4-year PhD programme you do at least 30 credits worth of PhD courses or hands-on activities. These cover academic skills and career development, in depth disciplinary and wide-ranging courses. An integral part of a PhD is writing your PhD thesis and then, of course, presenting and defend your research in public. After successfully completing your PhD, you will be awarded the title of Doctor (Dr., equivalent to PhD).


For PhD candidates, the time trajectory for completing a PhD research project is four years. Continuation during this period is subject to quality assurance following TGS guidelines and the Hora Finita system.

How to join 

If you would like to join the ITC research programme browse the Research themes to find a theme that accommodates your background and research interests. 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.


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


Tuition fee*

Additional costs (research budget)

Minimum living allowance

Insurance cover (health, liability, emergency)

Residence permit

PhD Degree

(full 4-year programme)





207 (once)

Available PhD vacancies at the ITC
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