Applications for candidates for 8 PhD Scholarships are open from the 17th of December 2018 to the 7th of January 2019

Please fill the on-line Application Form and check the available Research Projects for 2019.


Please read the announcement and prepare the application before starting filling the form. In short, the candidate will fill the form with the personal data, attaching certificates and complete CV. The Letter of Intent (with a maximum of 4000 characters including spaces) should be prepared separately in a word processor and Copy&Paste to the form. In this Letter of Intent, the candidate should indicate again the order of the two chosen projects from the main list of research projects (and one project from the additional project list), and justify his/her choice. The name, email and institution of at least two referees should be added at the end of the questionnaire.


For academic degrees obtained outside Portugal it is mandatory to present the copy of registration of the recognition of the academic degree and the conversion of the final classification to the Portuguese scale (process regulated by Decree-Law no. 341/2007, of October 12), or alternatively, to obtain equivalence / recognition of academic degrees (process regulated by Decree-Law no. 283/83 of June 21);

These documents must be submitted with the application form.

Selection and ranking of applicants

The process of selection and ranking of applicants is coordinated by the Directive Board. The selection follows a two-step procedure involving a written application (stage 1 – 70%) and an interview (stage 2– 30%).

Selected applicants will be admitted for the full PhD program (period of 4 years).

Stage 1: The general guidelines from FCT/MEC on individual PhD grants will be followed for stage 1.

Assessment of written applications by a sub-committee of the Directive Board will consider the CV (80%), and letter of intent (10%) and the two reference letters (10%).

CV evaluation considers the classifications of degree (European scale of comparability should be used), internationalization/mobility, specialization courses, laboratory experience and scientific publications (if any).

A shortlist of elected candidates will proceed to Stage 2. All candidates shall be informed of Stage 1 classification.

Stage 2: Selected candidates will be interviewed. This step serves to evaluate the intellectual and scientific ability of the candidates, think critically, research interests together with career goals after the PhD and expectations for joining this specific programme, and command of English.