2018 Call for PhD Scholarships

March 01, 2018

The Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) will open the call for PhD Scholarships 2018.


Applications run from 28 February to 17h (Lisbon time) of 28 March 28, 2018.


In this call, 950  scholarships will be awarded. This consolidates a progressive increase in the number of doctoral fellowships granted in individual competitions, as well as in the total number of doctoral fellowships (individual calls and FCT PhD Programs) awarded over the years.


The PhD Scholarships are competitively awarded to support the training of scientists, in all areas of knowledge, while studying for a PhD degree. The research work carried out under this call may be developed in any knowledge-intensive environment, in particular in collaboration with companies and other public and private institutions, including the Public Administration. Host institutions can be R&D Units, State Laboratories, Associated Laboratories, Collaborative Laboratories or Interface Centers.


In order to attract foreign researchers, third-country nationals who are not residents in Portugal are now able to apply. They must, however, hold a resident permit by the time set for their scholarship to begin. Also, within the framework of the analysis included in the OECD evaluation, a scientific coordination team is set for the final ranking and comparative analysis of the results of the various disciplinary panels. 


Applications should be submitted online, via the dedicated platform.

Only one proposal per applicant is allowed.


Before submitting an application, it is recommended to read the following documents: Aviso de aberturaGuião de CandidaturaGuião de AvaliaçãoEstatuto do Bolseiro de Investigação e Regulamento de Bolsas de Investigação da FCT (mandatory).