Applications for candidates for 3 PhD Scholarships are open from the 27th of April 2020 to the 22nd of May 2020

Please fill the on-line Application Form and check the available Research Projects for 2020.


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. The Letter of Intent should refer to specific research topics in which the candidate is interested in developing studies and the reasons that justify the adequacy of the PTNMRPhD to the intended scientific research areas.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 selection and ranking of candidates takes into account the candidate's merit and the adequacy of the candidate's training to the objectives of PTNMRPhD.

Applications considered admissible will be scored on a scale of 1 to 100 in each of the following evaluation criteria:

Criterion A - Written application, weighing 70%;

  • Subcriterion A1 - Curriculum vitae, weighing 80%
  • Subcriterion A2 - motivation letter, weighing 10%
  • Subcriterion A3 - two reference letters, weighing 10%

Criterion B - Interview, weighing 30%;

For the purposes of deciding on the award of scholarships, applicants will be ranked according to the weighted average of the classification obtained in each of the two criteria, translated by the following formula:

Final Classification = (0.7 × A) + (0.3 × B)

For tie-breaking purposes, the ranking of candidates will be made based on the ratings assigned to each of the evaluation criteria in the following order of precedence: criterion A1 - Curriculum vitae, criterion A2 - motivation letter, criterion B - Interview.

Important notice for candidates with diplomas issued by foreign higher education institutions:

Candidates with diplomas issued by foreign higher education institutions can apply and will be assessed using the same criteria as candidates with diplomas issued by Portuguese institutions, provided that they present, in their application, proof of recognition of academic degrees and conversion of classification final for the Portuguese classification scale under the terms of the applicable legislation.

Applicants with foreign degrees who do not show proof of conversion from the final classification to the Portuguese classification scale will be assessed with the minimum classification (20 points) in criterion A1.

In any case, scholarship contracts with candidates with diplomas issued by foreign institutions will only be concluded upon presentation of proof of recognition of academic degrees and conversion of the final classification, as indicated above.

Applicants whose application is evaluated with a final classification below (50) points are not eligible for the scholarship.