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2018 Call for PhD Scholarships

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20.11.2018 - Results of FCT 2018 Call for PhD Studentships. 963 studentships have been recommended for funding.
See the final list and the results by evaluation panel.
07.08.2018 - Results of FCT 2018 Call for PhD Studentships, after evaluation
950 studentships recommended for funding. See the meeting report of the Scientific Coordination group, which includes the results by evaluation panel
01.08.2018 - The results, after evaluation, of the 2018 Call for PhD Scholarships will be published on 7 August, 2018

Purpose and Overview

The 2018 Call for PhD Scholarships aims to support researchers, in all areas of knowledge, who wish to develop research work leading to a PhD degree.

Scholarships support graduates who comply with the requirements to apply for PhD studies and wish to carry out research towards this degree.

Research work may be carried out in any knowledge intensive environment, namely in collaboration with companies. Host institutions may be: R&D Units, State Labs, Associated Labs, Collaborative Labs or Technological Interface Centres (CIT).

The work programme may be entirely or partially carried out in a national institution (national or mixed scholarships, respectively), or in a foreign institution (overseas scholarships). For mixed scholarships, the period of the work programme that takes place in a foreign institution cannot exceed a total of two years.

As a rule, scholarships are annual, and have a maximum duration of four years. No scholarships are granted for periods of less than three consecutive months.

Read about changes in relation to previous calls here.

Who Can Apply

Portuguese citizens, citizens of EU member states and citizens from third-party states with which Portugal has reciprocity agreements may apply. Citizens of other countries who are not residents in Portugal can also apply. They must, however, hold a residence permit by the time set for their scholarship to begin.

Only citizens (Portuguese or foreign) with long-term resident status in Portugal may apply for scholarships with work programmes to be carried out totally or partially at foreign institutions.

Applicants need to:

  • Have completed a Masters degree upon application, or alternatively:
    • Hold a first degree and a highly relevant academic or scientific curriculum, acknowledged by the legally capable scientific body of the university where the applicant wishes to be admitted, attesting to the applicant's ability to carry out studies leading to a PhD degree;
    • Hold an acknowledged academic, scientific or professional curriculum attesting to the applicant's capacity to carry out studies leading to a PhD degree, provided by the legally capable scientific body of the university where the applicant wishes to be admitted.
  • Not have held any prior FCT-funded PhD or PhD in Companies scholarship of any duration.


Selected applicants will be awarded monthly stipends and supplementary support, which may include tuition fees, relocation costs, travel awards and health insurance, whenever applicable, as detailed in the Regulations.

The scholarships to be awarded in this call will be funded by the Portuguese state budget, through the Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education and, whenever applicable, by the European Social Fund within the 2014-2020 Strategic Framework, namely through Programa Operacional Capital Humano (PO CH).

How and when to apply

The call for applications is open from 28 February to 28 March 2018 (5pm, Lisbon time).

Applications should be submitted online. Only one proposal per applicant is allowed.

For further information on how to apply and detailed guidance notes, applicants are advised to download the Notice of Call, the Application Guide, the Evaluation Guide, Research Fellowship Holder Statute, and the Regulations.

The information on this page does not replace or override any requirements set forth in the Regulations or the Notice of Call.