The 2018 Call for PhD Scholarships is now open. 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, following the recent OECD evaluation, a scientific coordination team is in place for this call.