Joint PhD Programme with Graz University of Technology

PhD Programme TU Graz

Since year 2010, we support and coordinate two joint PhD degree programmes: NTU — Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Germany (TU Darmstadt) and NTU — Graz University of Technology,  Austria (TU Graz). The two programmes offer opportunities to promising scientists and scholars to foster interactions between the three world class Universities in the area of interactive digital media. The principal areas of focus are Real-time Rendering, Virtual & Augmented Reality, Visual Analytics, Medical Computing,  Haptics, and Human-Computer Interaction.  The 4-years scholarships provided jointly by NTU and Fraunhofer Singapore assume that the applicants become full-time PhD students of NTU as well as TU Darmstadt or TU Graz while having co-supervisors in NTU and TU Darmstadt or TU Graz, respectively. The NTU-based students will spent one year of their project in TU Darmstadt or TU Graz in the co-supervisor's lab. The TU Darmstadt and TU Graz-based students will be supported by TU Darmstadt and TU Graz PhD scholarships and also will need to spend one year at NTU in the co-supervisor's lab. 

This PhD programme is a joint collaboration between Nanyang Technological University (NTU, Singapore) and Graz University of Technology (TU Graz, Austria). The programme offers opportunities to promising scientists and scholars to foster interactions between the three world class Universities in the area of interactive digital media. The principal areas of focus are Real-time Rendering, Virtual & Augmented Reality, Visual Analytics, Medical Computing, Haptics, and Human-Computer Interaction. The 4-year scholarships provided jointly by NTU and Fraunhofer Singapore assume that the applicants become full-time PhD students of NTU and TU Graz while having two supervisors - one from the host university and a co-supervisor from the respective overseas partner university. The NTU students will spent one year of their project in TU Graz in the co-supervisor's lab. TU Graz students are supported by TU Graz PhD scholarships and also required to spend one year at NTU in the co-supervisor's lab. The degree of Ph.D. with mention of this collaboration between NTU and TU Graz will be delivered by the academic authorities of the institution where the student has successfully defended his/her oral defense. The Doctoral degree transcript will mention the name of the student, the thesis or research title, the doctoral degree specialization or discipline, the fact that there was an international joint supervision, the date of the oral defence.

The project topics have to be approved by the programme's Joint Admission Committee. Candidates may apply to either university which will host their project. The students accepted by the home university will also become graduate students of the partner university. For the projects hosted at NTU, the NTU research scholarship will be awarded to the successful candidates for four years (including the stipend and tuition fees). The third year of the NTU project will be spent in the partner university. TU Graz-hosted projects will require their students to spend one year in NTU which will be the second year of the project. The programme scholarships for the current NTU projects are provided by NTU. Travel expenses while in TU Graz are provided by Fraunhofer Singapore.

PhD applicants have to contact first the programme coordinator Prof. Alexei Sourin and email him their detailed CV with GPA, as well as proposed research topic and motivation to work on it. Upon initial approval by the programme coordinator, the applications have to be done according to the graduate admission procedures of the respective university. For applicants to NTU-hosted projects, good TOEFL and GRE scores are required, refer to the admission requirements. PhD student intakes in NTU are in September and January while in TU Graz the PhD students can join the programme any time. The scholarships will be allocated when suitable projects are formed and applicant are approved by the universities, prospective supervisors and the Joint Admission Committee.