Procedure and criteria


The deadline for application is 31 May 2020. After this date, the Selection Committee will make a longlist of candidates who will be invited for a first interview. Based on these first interviews, the Selection Committee will make a shortlist of candidates who will be invited for a second interview. After these second interviews, a final decision will be made about whether you will receive an offer for one of the available PhD positions. The dates of the various steps in the process are listed below. The listed dates – all dates are in 2020 – refer to the first call. There will be a second call opening November 1, 2020. 


Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible, make sure you send your complete application before the deadline of the call. At the starting date of your employment as a PhD student in the NETWORKS COFUND program, you should be in possession of an MSc degree. Moreover, you must meet the MSCA mobility requirement: you may not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Netherlands for more than twelve  months in the three years immediately before the starting date of your employment. 


Selection criteria

Our target group are young aspiring researchers who have obtained their MSc degree or are close to obtaining it. We will be looking for applicants with a background in computer science (in particular algorithms) with affinity for mathematics, or with a background in mathematics (in particular stochastics) with affinity for computer science. The evaluation criteria are:

  • Research potential (grades, creativity and independence): 40%
  • Verbal and oral communication skills: 20%
  • Educational background and other experience: 20%
  • Commitment and enthusiasm: 20%


Diversity and equal- opportunities policy

NETWORKS values an inclusive and diverse working environment, and we specifically all candidates to apply, irrespective of their gender, religion, sexual orientation or disabilities. When evaluating the candidates, we will take parental leave and other personal circumstances into account. When candidates have similar evaluations, priority will be given to candidates who increase diversity, in particular women.


Appeal procedure

If you feel your application has been rejected om improper grounds, you can appeal the decision. You should do so within 14 days of the decision by sending email to the Managing Director of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at TU Eindhoven, dr. R.C. van der Drift (