Graduate School

A central PhD program is provided for PhD students in systems and control. It consists of a course programme offered in Utrecht, international summer schools and a yearly three-day Benelux Meeting. Since its start in 1987 this PhD program has become a cornerstone of the cooperation among the dutch academic community in this field.

Graduate school

Information brochure

Read more about graduate school DISC and the 2017-2018 course program in the
DISC information brochure 2017-2018


Applications for PhD-membership of disc are open to all PhD students that are supervised by an advisor who is a member of disc. Admission to disc requires an MSc degree in engineering, mathematics or science (to be approved by the university that grants the doctoral degree), an excellent academic record and a good motivation. PhD students are usually employed by the departments that participate in disc and have a standard government appointment (research assistantship) for 4 years.

PhD students of disc groups should register for disc by completing the registrationform.
For registration go to the DISC course platform. This menu is on the right side on top of this website.

International applicants

International students that are interested in a graduate program in systems and control in the Netherlands have the following options:

  • Apply for an advertized PhD positions in one of the DISC departments. Check the websites of the several DISC departments and the disc site vacancies. These positions provide full financial support for the disc graduate program.
  • If you already have a scholarship with full financial support: contact one of the DISC departments for admission to the graduate program.
  • Instutions that provide scholarships for graduate studies in the Netherlands are e.g.: nuffic

There is no tuition fee for PhD students in the Netherlands.

For certain EU-funded research projects EU citizenship is required. International PhD students usually manage very well in The Netherlands provided that they speak the English language sufficiently well.

DISC does not have a centralized application procedure. Recruiting of PhD students is done locally by the various DISC groups. There are continuously openings for PhD positions. Potential applicants are advised to approach any research groups of their interest directly to inquire about any openings.