Doing Your PhD at the Section of Philosophy & Ethics


PhD students in the Netherlands

PhD students in the Netherlands are university employees. They thus receive a salary and enjoy all employee benefits. The university also covers the cost of training and courses, and provides an allowance for travel.

There are two main ways of applying for a position:

Individual research proposal

Candidates can submit their own research proposals. In such cases, a proposal should be in one of the department's research areas and candidates must provide their own funding. Part-time research is possible. Please contact us if you are interested in submitting an individual research proposal.

NWO Project
Since a substantial amount of government funding for higher education in the Netherlands is provided by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), many PhD-students work on NWO funded projects. Where this is the case, students work on project specific questions and cooperate with others working on the same project. Vacancies for these projects can be found on our vacancy website.
A list of our current PhD students and their research interests can be found on our staff page.


Philosophy & Ethics at Eindhoven University of Technology


The subjects studied in Eindhoven are closely related to the character of the institution. The main focus is therefore on the philosophy and ethics of science and technology. Subjects surrounding these fields are studied where appropriate, making the research that is done quite diverse despite the focus on science and technology. Philosophy research at Eindhoven is mainly analytically oriented.




Your goal while at Eindhoven is to write a PhD thesis. This should be achievable within the duration of your contract, which is usually four years. The thesis can take the form of a monograph or it can be composed of articles, of which a fair proportion need to be published or accepted for publication by the time the thesis is submitted to the dissertation committee. Your thesis can  be published as part of the Simon Stevin series in the Philosophy or the Ethics of Technology.




Course work is roughly 30 ects (half a year) and is tailored to student needs. PhD-level courses can be taken in a variety of contexts.




The TU/e does not have its own separate philosophy bachelor's or master's programme, but does offer both compulsory (introductory) courses and optional courses in philosophy to students of other departments. These courses are adapted to the needs and interests of the students of the different departments, to inspire both ethical and philosophical reflection on their own fields. As a PhD student you will devote up to 10% of your time to activities related to teaching. These activities can vary from guiding discussion groups or giving incidental lectures to assisting in the grading of papers and exams. Teaching experience is valuable for a future academic career.



Professional Development


The PROOF programme is available to all PhD students at the TU/e and aims to develop professional skills. Most of its courses are offered in English and in Dutch. Examples of PROOF-courses are Planning and Communication (a project management course), Presenting in English, Writing Abstracts and Articles, Scientific Integrity and Career Opportunities.