Applying for a PhD Position

Currently, about 10 PhD-students are working on their PhD-theses within the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology Graduate School. Depending on their specific research interests, some of them do research at Delft University of Technology, others work at the University of Twente, and still others work at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Consult the individual pages of the PhD-students at people.

Applying to open positions

If you wish to join this vibrant international community of researchers and work towards earning your PhD, you can apply to open positions (if available) advertised by individual researchers. The current vacancies are presented under vacancies.

Doing a PhD in the Netherlands involves being paid a full-time salary. As an indication of the gross salary per month, it ranges from EUR 2000 in the first year to EUR 2558 in the fourth year. In addition, you don’t need to pay a tuition fee, but you are expected to follow some courses (see below). Normally, the PhD program takes four years.

Applying for a self-funded PhD-position

Alternatively, if you have your own funding, you can apply for a self-funded PhD-position. The duration of a self-funded PhD normally is four years. Doing a self-funded PhD means that you have your own funds available to make a living whilst working towards your PhD since you will not be paid a salary. In addition, you would have to pay a yearly tuition fee of EUR 10,000 since part of the PhD program is doing some coursework during the first year of your PhD-track (see below). Information on how to obtain funding to do a PhD can be found on

Applicants must have a Masters degree in a subject relevant to the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology programme, or are expected to have obtained their Masters degree before the starting date of their PhD track. Relevant subjects would be philosophy, ethics, or a related discipline, and demonstrable affinity with technology. A possible trajectory for students with an engineering background would be through the two-year master programme Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society at the University of Twente ( after which they could apply for enrollment in a 3-year PhD programme. If you want to apply, please download the 4TU GS Application Form Self-funded Students 2015-2016 and email it, along with (i) a covering letter, (ii) academic CV, including grades you have received for courses taken as part of your BA/MA, (iii) a short research proposal of about 500 words, and (iv) a writing sample to the coordinator of the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, (g.m.f.vannus [at] The coordinator is also available if you have any questions about (applying to) the PhD program.

Coursework during the PhD program

An important part of doing a PhD is following some graduate courses. When doing a PhD at 4TU.Ethics, you will have to follow 5 courses of 5 EC-points in your first year. Courses that were offered in the current academic year were: Ethics and politics of emerging technologies (from 2013-2014 onwards: Assessment of emerging technologies); Technology and the Quality of Life; Ethics and Engineering Design; Environmental Ethics; Philosophy of Risk; Law and Morality; Philosophical Anthropology and Human-Technology Relations. These courses will most likely also run in the academic year 2013/2014.

Studying in the Netherlands

For more information about studying in the Netherlands, consult this informative YouTube video.