Prospective PhD candidates TILT

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.

The Netherlands is one of the few countries in Europe, and the world, where PhD candidates 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.

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.


Candidates with their own funding

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.

Candidates wthout funding

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

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.

Find more information on the website of the Tilburg Graduate Law School (TGLS)

Selection procedure

If you are interested in pursuing a PhD at TILT and/or TILEC please submit your portfolio to the following E-mail address: educationtilt@tilburguniversity.edu

Please include the following information:

  • What kind of PhD track you want to pursue (employed PhD researcher, external PhD, PhD researcher with a grant/scholarship, other possibilities)
  • a 2-page research proposal;
  • a CV, including a list of publications and
  • proposed supervisor(s) and why you want to opt for these supervisor(s).

Please note that the above-stated procedure within TILT/TILEC also applies for this type of PhD track.


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.


More information about the PhD vacancies at Tilburg GraduateLaw School.

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