Since 1994, IHS has been offering a PhD programme to researchers interested in pursuing an in-depth study of specific themes falling under the broad urban management & development and housing agendas. The programme offers a limited number of positions and candidates must express their interest by submitting a well-formulated research proposal and work plan. IHS guarantees a stimulating working environment and offers a flexible programme, with a variety of modalities available. However, PhD candidates are required to secure their own funding.
IHS/EUR has hosted PhD students from all over the world and supported a variety of research topics in line with its own research groups, policies and strengths. An overview of the current and past PhD research projects supported by IHS gives you an impression of the range of topics covered by the programme. Please check with our research and PhD coordinator if your research topic would fit within the scope of IHS research interests.
The PhD programme is executed under the umbrella of the Graduate School of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Please consult the following website to find out about the possibilities of the Graduate School and download an example of their educational programme for PhD students. The programme offered will be tailored to the candidate's profile, based on the current training available within the graduate school once the candidate has been accepted.
Get your PhD
Anyone who is interested in undertaking PhD research at IHS is welcome to apply. The tuition fee is dependent on individual arrangements (supervision, place of work, etc.). Please check our website for an overview of the living expenses and other costs. The PhD trajectory takes four years (on average). The PhD candidate must stay a reasonable amount of time at IHS (minimum of three months per year) to build up a good relationship with the promoter and IHS, this laying a good foundation for supervision. During the remaining months of the year the applicant may conduct research elsewhere (e.g. in his or her own country).