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2019 Call for PhD Scholarships

Latest News

30.10.2019 - Results of FCT 2019 Call for PhD Studentships. 1366 studentships have been recommended for funding. See the final list and the results by evaluation panel.
01.08.2019 - Results of FCT 2019 Call for PhD Studentships
See the Scientific Coordination List and the Results by Evaluation Panel. 1350 studentships have been recommended for funding.
28.03.2019 - Deadline for applications extended. New deadline: 29 March, until 5 pm (Lisbon time).
28.02.2019 - Read here the news regarding this call.
28.02.2019 - CIÊNCIAVITAE Guide Available.

Purpose and Overview

The 2019 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 can be renewed for the number of moths for which they have been requested. No scholarships are granted for periods of less than three consecutive months or more than 48 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.

Applicants need to:

  • Not have held any prior FCT-funded PhD or PhD in Companies scholarship of any duration.
  • Be long long-term residents in Portugal if the work programme is to be carried out totally or partially at foreign institutions. This requirement applies to both Portuguese and foreign nationals.


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 Framework of PORTUGAL2020, namely through Programa Operacional Capital Humano (PO CH), Programa Operacional Regional do Norte (NORTE 2020), Programa Operacional Regional do Centro (Centro 2020) and Programa Operacional Regional do Alentejo (Alentejo 2020).

How and when to apply

The call for applications is open from 28 February to 29 March 2019 (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 (in Portuguese), 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.