Recent Opportunities


Call for PhD proposals: Architecture and Democracy


The research group doesn’t offer paid PhD positions at this moment. PhD candidates must cover an annual tuition fee of 5.000 euro over a period of four years. Additionally, by Dutch law applicants must provide proof that they have sufficient financial means to cover their own living expenses, with a minimum of 1.400 euro per month. The Department of Architecture and the Jaap Bakema Study Centre are able to support accepted candidates in their application, among others by providing support letters to scholarship providers.

The Department of Architecture will provide accepted candidates with the following services:

  • Supervision and advise by professors and the group coordinators, while working on the doctoral dissertation during the various stages of the research (from monthly seminars to peer review colloquia),
  • Active peer support in realizing publication of papers and conference contributions,
  • Participation and involvement in the doctoral education programme of the Graduate School of Architecture and the Built Environment, and the activities and programmes of the Department of Architecture,
  • Where applicable and possible, financial and organisational support in case of conference contributions and external archive visits and the like,
  • Provision of flexible workplace, access to work facilities, and laptop,
  • Access to TU Delft campus facilities.

The Jaap Bakema Study Centre and Het Nieuwe Instituut will provide accepted candidates with the following services:

  • Support by the archive staff and conservators of Het Nieuwe Instituut,
  • Access to the various archive and study facilities of Het Nieuwe Instituut,
  • Participation and involvement in the public programmes of Het Nieuwe Instituut,
  • Opportunities for the development of public, academic events such as seminars, lectures, installations, web formats or other presentation formats.

Assessment procedures

After the first year, the candidate will have to submit to the evaluation process by peer review. The review panel of both external and internal jurors will assess the research work for its quality and rigour. If approved, the elaboration and completion of a PhD thesis is expected to take approximately three more years in total, including a successful public defense of the dissertation. If the quality and progress is found unsatisfactory, the PhD project will have to be terminated.

Dirk van den Heuvel holds ius promovendi and can act as first promotor. Full professors of the Department of Architecture could also act as first promotor to the PhD-candidate. Prospective candidates will have to contact their preferred promotor in order to obtain their agreement with the candidate's proposal for the 'Architecture and Democracy' programme, and their confirmation of their willingness to act as first promotor. Daily supervision will be provided by the research group coordinators Dirk van den Heuvel and/or Jorge Mejia.

An overview of all doctoral regulations of TU Delft can be found here (pdf)

The candidates are supposed to carry out the following tasks:

  • Writing a Ph.D. thesis,
  • Submitting research results for publication in peer‐reviewed academic journals,
  • Presenting papers at (international) conferences,
  • Organising and participating in reading and discussions groups, seminars and workshops.


The successful applicant must hold a master’s degree (MSc. Arch. or M. Arch.) or equivalent degree in Architecture or Architectural History.

The applicant's MA thesis testifies to well‐developed research skills, including the ability to formulate relevant and creative research questions and hypotheses, descriptive and analytical skills, and a clear and persuasive style of writing. Furthermore, any previous teaching and/or professional experience will be considered helpful.

The applicant has an excellent command of English, in reading, writing and speaking, and should be able to work both independently and as part of a team. The applicant harbours broad interests, along with the intellectual and conceptual tools necessary to work across disciplines and time periods, and for making creative connections as well as project‐oriented organisational skills applied to both academic and practical tasks.

Additional Graduate School requirements are stipulated here.


Submission requirements

Cover letter (one page)
The applicant should elaborate on personal motivations, interests, and aspirations. The applicant should explicitly argue how the proposal is aligned with the research interests of the ‘Architecture and Democracy’ programme and the hosting institutes.

Full CV (max. ten pages)
The CV should contain comprehensive chronological information on academic and professional experience, as well as any pertinent record of publication. Please, do not include any information prior to the first year of your university‐level education. The CV should also include three referents or recommenders, but do not enclose any letters of recommendation in the application package.

Research Proposal
The proposal should include the following elements:

  • Dissertation title
  • Abstract (300-500 words, including 5-10 keywords)
  • Introduction to proposal (approx. 1500 words)
  • Preliminary outline and/or table of contents (one page)
  • Planning, incl overview of sources, research and reading (one page)
  • Value, ambition and/or uniqueness of proposed dissertation (one page)
  • Preliminary, critical bibliography (max. five pages, incl an explanation of the selection, 300-500 words)
  • Writing examples (e.g. master’s thesis, papers and essays, max. three items).


  • A letter of agreement from the prospective first promotor
  • Copy of Master’s degree.

Selection prodedure

The deadline for submission is Monday 18 February 2019
Contact Information and submission: Dirk van den Heuvel:

Selection Process

The senior members of the Department of Architecture and the research group coordinators will first screen the proposals for qualification. After the initial screening, they will assemble a short-list and invite the candidates for an interview and presentation, which will also include a Q&A session.

Review criteria for selection are: relevance to the call, originality in approach, commandment of the subject-matter and overview of the state-of-the-art of the research field, demonstration of critical reflection on the subject matter, eloquence and overall impression.

Successful proposals will be endorsed for a scientific and financial validation by the department. Based on the interview, presentation and the scientific and financial validation, the Department of Architecture will accept the selected candidates. In certain cases, the research group coordinators may ask the candidate to respond to the questions and revise the proposal for a follow‐up meeting.

Time Schedule

  • Submission of Proposals: 18 February 2019
  • Interview and Presentation: 25 April 2019
  • Notification of Acceptance: 27 May 2019
  • Start of Research Work: September 2019, to be discussed with candidates
  • One‐Year Review: September 2020
  • Completion: September 2023

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