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After you have shortlisted your PhD supervisors, you should contact research group coordinators expressing your interest in being admitted for doctoral studies in specific topics.

Institutions have a list of PhD Programmes available in different domains. You will be informed on the institutional procedures that must be carried out in order for you to be admitted. Be ready to present a proof of academic qualifications.

Once admitted, you will be informed on the procedures to enrol in the high education institution that will be responsible for awarding your PhD degree.

PhD Funding

To be able to cover your living costs and institutional annual tuition fees, PhD candidates usually try to obtain a scholarship.

In the majority of cases, PhD scholarships are awarded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) on an annual basis.Information on past PhD Scholarship Calls here.

Other opportunities are found in Euraxess Portugal (link 1 or link 2).

Host Institutions

Host institutions may be: R&D Units, State Laboratories, Associated Laboratories, Collaborative Laboratories or Interface Centres. A description of research performing organisations is found here.

Research work may be also carried out in collaboration with companies.

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). See the 2018 regulation.

Go to Research Home for other details.

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