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:


According to Dutch law and the TU Delft Doctorate Regulations a PhD candidate should be in possession of a Master’s degree. We welcome Masters of Science (M.Sc.) in Architecture, Urbanism, Building Technology, Real Estate, Built Environment, Geomatics or another field that supports the research objectives of our domain.


Graduate School A+BE does not offer PhD scholarships. However, it is possible to pursue a PhD with other sources of funding, such as your company or a scholarship. Your own government may offers scholarships or you can try to find one at Grantfinder. To avoid confusion, make the following selection in their database:

                     Purpose: research

                     I have a: master's degree

If you plan to attain your PhD at the faculty of A+BE as a "contract PhD candidate" with a scholarship, we expect your scholarship to cover living costs in the Netherlands as well as our tuition fee (€11.000) and bench fee (€10.000).
Living costs are estimated at a minimum of € 1.390 per month (or: 48 * € 1.390 = € 66.720 for the entire course of your PhD-trajectory). 

This means that you will need a scholarship of at least € 86.720. We will ask you for proof you can cover these living expenses and will let you sign an agreement. We will not accept you as a PhD candidate if we think you will struggle financially.

Doctoral Grant for Teachers in The Netherlands
Teachers in primary, secondary, further professional, higher professional and special education in The Netherlands can receive a grant for a PhD study. The aim is to directly apply the knowledge and research experience acquired for the benefit of educational practice. You can apply for a PhD grant for any research subject. Calls are twice a year with deadlines in the beginning of both March and September. Check NWO for more information in Dutch and English.


If your mother language is not English and you do not hold a degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction, you must submit proof of English proficiency from either TOEFL or IELTS. Proof of English language proficiency certificates older than two years are not accepted.

*Nationals from the USA, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are exempted from the English test requirement.

TOEFL: Applicants taking the internet-based TOEFL are required to have a minimum total score of 100. TU Delft TOEFL Institution Code: 0031.

IELTS: If you take the IELTS test (academic version) your overall band score must be at least 7.0.

Curriculum Vitae

You must provide a curriculum vita using the Europass-format.


  • 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.