Finding a position

To enroll for the PhD program, there are three possible routes.

(1) Apply for a paid position
When a larger research project has been granted national or international funding, paid positions often become available for a postdoc or PhD candidate to carry out the research. Whenever we have such a position, you can find it at 

(2) Open application
If you opt for an open application, then your proposal must fit within the portfolio of one of the research groups.

You can come to Delft and work on your project full-time as a contract PhD candidate.
The alternative is to keep your current job and/or stay where you live and work on your project part-time as an external PhD candidate. For both options you need to bring your own money.
Read more about the application procedure

(3) Open application / hot topics
Several research programs like to attract candidates for specific topics. These are topics carefully chosen to help develop the research program in a desired direction and for which supervision capacity is available. The current list of topics can be found here


The Graduate School of Architecture and the Built Environment expects you to meet the following requirements:


  • Open Call for PhD Proposals
    The Department of Architecture has outlined four research topics, each constituting a potential contribution to its research portfolio.
    Deadline: 1 June 2021
    1. Design, Regulation and Resilience: The Architecture of Cooperative Housing
    2. Conflict Mediations
    3. The Business of Architecture
    4. Governing the Global South: Material and Population Flows of Cold War Era Designs

    Detailed information.