Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)

TILT studies emerging technologies and their impact on the individual and society, recognizing the interplay between technology, regulation and fundamental values & human rights.

PhD students Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)

The Netherlands is one of the few countries in Europe, and the world, where PhD students are employees of the university. In most countries, they are treated as students, or have to pay for their time as PhD students through a scholarship.


TILT is interested in recruiting talented PhD-candidates. We warmly invite PhD-candidates for internal positions, external PhD-candidates and scholarship PhD-candidates to inquire about the possibilities of doing a PhD at TILT. All TILT PhD candidates are expected to conduct research within one or more areas identified by TILT’s research program.


Candidates with their own funding (scholarships, own funds, etc.) are invited to submit applications and declarations of interest throughout the academic year. Currently we also have visiting Erasmus Mundus scholarship PhD-researchers at TILT.

High-quality candidates without funding are regularly recruited via PhD vacancy announcements on the TILT website and academic vacancies websites to conduct research on TILT’s projects with a funded PhD position. Tilburg Law School has faculty rounds via two application procedures a year, one in the summer and one in the winter. Information on the Faculty rounds can be found here. If there are no vacancies you might consider writing a research proposal that fits the TILT-themes and contact us.

Tilburg University students with a special affinity to academic research are invited to express interest in doing a PhD at TILT. Depending on the relevance of their research interests to TILT research program, they may receive guidance for submitting research proposals for the (internal faculty) funding schemes.

Importantly, doing a PhD in the Netherlands means that you can start any time, there’s no enrolment tied to the academic year. A first year assessment will decide whether your contract will be prolonged.

More information on the differences and related procedures with respect to the different types of PhD-candidates.

Selection procedure

In general TILT follows the TGLS guidelines for selecting PhD-candidates.

During the selection procedure TILT will specifically pay attention to the following list of items:

  • If you have submitted a research proposal, does this proposal fit in our research program or one of our priority areas?
  • Does your CV entail: publications, past research experience / attendance of research school, international experience / mobility?
  • Do you have a letter of recommendation?
  • What is your motivation for doing a PhD?
  • If you are thinking of doing an external or dual PhD-trajectory, what time are you available for PhD-research?

If you are selected for an interview, you might be asked to do a test on the level of your English.


At the start of your PhD-trajectory you’ll have an intake interview and start writing a Doctorate Training and Supervision Plan. You’ll receive supervision (promotor and co-promotor) on a daily basis.

PhD vacancies