Call for PhD Research Scholarships

The 2020 Call for Ph.D. Research Scholarships, in any area of ​​knowledge, who wish to develop research activities leading to the achievement of the academic degree of Doctor.

The scholarships are intended for registered candidates or candidates who satisfy the necessary conditions to enroll in a cycle of studies leading to the achievement of the academic degree of doctor and who intend to develop research activities leading to the achievement of that degree.

Recipients and Eligibility

National citizens, citizens of other member states of the European Union, citizens of third states, stateless persons or citizens enjoying political refugee status may apply.

It is necessary:

  • Not having benefited from a Ph.D. or Ph.D. scholarship in companies directly financed by FCT, regardless of its duration.
  • Reside in Portugal permanently and habitually, if the work plan of the requested scholarship is carried out, totally or partially, in foreign institutions (mixed scholarships or abroad), a requirement applicable to both nationals and foreigners.

Selected candidates receive monthly maintenance allowances in accordance with the amounts set out in the Regulations and, when applicable, other scholarship supplements, such as tuition fees, installation allowances, travel, and health insurance.

How to apply

Applications are submitted electronically, using the form available between March 2 and 31 April 28, 2020, on the myFCT portal. Each candidate may submit only one application.

The Communication and Society Research Centre accepts to be a host institution, by issuing a declaration that must be requested by email:


Applications are evaluated by a set of evaluation panels involving experts of scientific merit and recognized experience. Applications are scored from zero (0.000 minimum score) to five (5,000 maximum score) on three evaluation criteria:

  • merit of the candidate;
  • merit of the work plan;
  • merit of reception conditions.

The three evaluation criteria will be weighted at 40%, 40%, and 20%, respectively.

Candidates’ merit is assessed on the basis of three sub-criteria: academic background, weighting 50%; personal curriculum, weighting 40%; motivation letter weighing 10% of the candidate’s merit.

The assessment of the candidates’ personal curriculum is carried out in an integrated manner, starting from a global view of the merit of their scientific and professional path. In this assessment, it is important to consider the letters of recommendation (mandatory documents) and the various dimensions of the curriculum that can demonstrate a relevant scientific and professional path.

The assessment of the work plan and reception conditions is based on the qualitative assessment of the panel, duly substantiated.

Candidates will be ranked according to the weighted average rating in the three criteria.

[Posted: 06-02-2020]