Department of Industrial Design of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) enables excellent Chinese students to join us with a 2-year scholarship from the CSC, as part of a joint PhD program. With the 2-year CSC scholarship (instead of the scholarship from TU/e) the students will be enrolled in the User-System Interaction program, which will lead to a Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng degree).


The Department of Industrial Design (ID) of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is located in a highly industrialized region, known as ‘Brainport’. This region is internationally recognized as a top technology area with a special focus on the integration of design and technology. The department was established in close collaboration with the technological industry, and, because of this, focuses its research on the Design of Intelligent Systems, Products and related Services in a societal context. With these intelligent systems, it aims at offering new, breakthrough possibilities leading to societal transformations.

The User-System Interaction program is to improve the interaction between people and systems and to make technology truly accessible and beneficial for all people. They are at the forefront of the enabling technologies for the digital society equipped to function at the interfaces between people and technology. They are prepared to work on challenging problems, in multidisciplinary projects and in international environments. Being trained to provide solutions and services for people in their home, work, and social environments by employing user-centered design methodologies, accounting for the benefits for stakeholders and users, and balancing between system functionality and user experience. People are at the heart of the USI program. The key components of the program are related to information and communication technology, user interaction technology, perception and cognition, behavioral sciences, as well as the various design methodologies.

The program will provide the candidates with training in user experience, software engineering basics, interaction technologies, user research methodologies, and user-centered design processes, and engage the candidates in industry-oriented research projects.

Expected Background

Applicants to this program shall have a background in industrial design, digital arts and interactive media, human-computer interaction, computer science, information technology, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering and physics.

Research Topics

We are aiming at recruiting up to 5 Chinese candidates into the 2-year User-System Interaction program. The applicants can apply for one of the following topics in

Application Procedure

If you are interested in applying, please first address your interest to dr. Jun Hu: as early as possible for questions and guidance, and later prepare the following documents:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Research plan according to one of the aforementioned topics (no more than 4-pages of A4 in English, Including Background, Objectives and Research questions, Methodology, Planning, Expected results, Feasibility, Future Plan after your study, and References).
  3. Motivation letter (no more than 1-page A4).
  4. Copy of Master Degree (if available, or a letter from your university to prove that you are expected to graduate in due time).
  5. Letter of recommendation from your supervisor at the home university.
  6. Any indication of your English level (IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 95, or equivalent) according to the requirements from CSC ( and TU/e.

  7. If you have a design or art background, portfolio of your design or artwork.


Please notice the deadlines: February 15, 2018 at TU/e; Deadline for applying is April 5, 2018 (please check the CSC website For a better support for your application, we would encourage you to apply as early as as possible.

For more information

For more information, please contact dr. Jun Hu:

More about the User-System Interaction program can found here. Please notice that we expect the candidates will be supported by the CSC scholarship, instead of the TU/e scholarship.

More about the requirements in applying for the Scholarship from China Scholarship Council (CSC) for Chinese candidates:, especially for the joint PhD programs

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