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FCT and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in December 2013, to award Portuguese researchers of exceptional talent post-doctoral fellowships to carry out research in one of the laboratories within the NIH INTRAMURAL RESEARCH PROGRAM.
The call itself in preceded by a preparatory phase during which applicants contact prospective NIH Mentors, from amongst NIH Principal Investigators.
FCT will fund up to four post-doctoral fellowships. Each fellowship has a maximum duration of three years, with possible renewal for returning fellows, again for a maximum of three years, as long as the proposed research is to be carried out at a Portuguese research centre. The stipends and components of the fellowship are detailed in the Notice of the Call (available only in Portuguese).
The NIH-FCT Research Fellowship Programme is open to:
The Preparatory Phase that precedes the call for expressions of interest runs from 5 April to 15 June 2016.
During this time applicants are required to contact NIH Principal Investigators that conduct research within the NIH Intramural Research Programme, and only these Principal Investigators.
The following documents should be included when contacting the prospective
Applicants are advised to prepare the full application during this period, too.
Detailed information on this phase and the full application is available in the Preparatory Phase to the Expression of Interest in NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (available only in Portuguese).
Expression of Interest
The Expression of Interest should be using the specific Application Form. All accompanying documents should be prepared in English, and sent in pdf format with the application form, by e-mail to bolsas_NIH_FCT@fct.pt.
The call for expressions of interest will run from 16 June to 15 July 2016.
Detailed information is available in the Notice of the Call (available only in Portuguese), which applicants are advised to read carefully.
Applications will be assessed by an Evaluation Panel of Portugal-based leading researchers. NIH will determine the final list of selected applicants from a shortlist provided by FCT.
Applicants will be scored from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest), based solely on scientific merit, measured by scientific output, original and creative nature of previous research and match between the applicant’s profile and the research project to be undertaken at the NIH.
Detailed information is available in the Evaluation Guide (in Portuguese).
Please direct enquiries on this programme to bolsas_NIH_FCT@fct.pt.
The information on this page does not replace or override any requirements set forth in the Notice of the Call for Post-Doctoral fellowships a the NIH (available only in Portuguese).