The CMU Portugal Program open a call to award 12 PhD Research Grants, to be funded by FCT.
Within the scope of the pursuit of a public policy for advanced training based on research with social relevance, the CMU Portugal Program opens a call for applications for up to twelve (12) Ph.D. Scholarships (Bolsas de Investigação para Doutoramento, BD), to take place under the CMU Portugal Affiliated Ph.D. Programs initiative (Programas de Doutoramento Afiliados), in the following CMU Portugal related areas: Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy, Human Computer Interaction, Language Technologies, Robotics, Software Engineering. The Affiliated Ph.D. Programs initiative has the objective of strengthening the collaboration between the Portuguese higher education institutions and Portuguese companies through a strong partnership with Carnegie Mellon University in the framework of the FCT Regulation for Studentships and Fellowships (RBI) and the Research Fellowship Holder Statute (EBI).
The scholarships are destined to candidates registered or that fulfill the necessary requirements to be eligible for a Ph.D. Program in Portugal and that want to pursue research activities necessary to obtain the doctoral degree.
The scholarship typology will be “Bolsa Mista”, this way the work plan will take place in a Portuguese higher education institution and partially at Carnegie Mellon University.
Applications that include a collaboration with a Portuguese company in the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) will be valued.
The admissions period will be open from February 15th 2023 to March 31st 2023 at 12:00 (GMT)
The applications and supporting documents for the candidacy listed in the Notice must be submitted, mandatorily, through the digital platform (see Important Links)
Can apply for this call:
- National citizens or citizens of other member states of the European Union;
- Citizens of third States;
- Stateless persons;
- Citizens enjoying political refugee status.
To apply for the Doctoral Research Scholarship it is necessary to:
- Hold a Licenciatura or master ́s degree, preferably in the CMU Portugal research areas identified in the introduction of the current announcement;
- Reside in Portugal permanently and habitually, a mandatory requirement for both national citizens and foreign citizens;
- Not having benefited from a Ph.D. scholarship or Ph.D. in companies scholarship directly funded by FCT, regardless of its duration;
- Not having a Ph.D. degree.
The remaining admissibility requirements must be consulted in the Notice of the Call.
The evaluation takes into account the candidate ́s merit, the merit of the work plan, and the merit of the host conditions. Applications considered admissible will be scored on a scale of 0-5 in each of the following evaluation criteria:
- Criterion A - Candidate's merit
- Criterion B - Merit of the Work Plan
- Criterion C - Merit of Host Conditions
- Criterion D – Alignment with the CMU Portugal Program
The relative weights of three criteria are 45%, 35%, 10% and 10respectively.
For the purpose of deciding on the awarding of scholarships, candidates will be ranked according to the weighted average of the classification obtained in each of the 4 criteria.
A maximum bonus of 0,5 points will be awarded if the candidate presents a suitable declaration of support from a Portuguese ICT company aligned with the work plan submitted in the current application.
For tie-breaking purposes, candidates will be ranked according to the scores assigned to each of the evaluation criteria in the following order of precedence: criterion A, criterion B, criterion C and criterion D.
Scholarships awarded under the current call will be funded by FCT with funds from the State Budget and, when eligible, funds from the European Social Fund, through the “Programa Demografia, Qualificações e Inclusão (PDQI)”, in accordance with the regulations in place
Selected applicants will have monthly allowances and supplementary support, according to the established in the Regulation (RBI), which may include tuition fees, support for complementary training activities or presentation of work at scientific meetings, personal accident insurance and, when applicable, travel and relocation costs.
Information about the call, namely questions related to the application procedure or the application form, may be requested through the e-mail address: email@example.com