40 MIT Portugal PhD Scholarships in Portugal and USA, 2018-2019

MIT Portugal is inviting applications for PhD Scholarship for Portuguese citizens and citizens from the state members of the European Union. Up to 40 scholarships are available, ten per subject.

The MIT Portugal Programme is an international collaboration seeking to demonstrate that an investment in science, technology, and higher education can have a positive, lasting impact on the economy by addressing key societal issues through quality education and research in the emerging field of engineering systems.

Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

Scholarship Description: 

  • Application deadline: January 3, 2018
  • Course Level: Scholarships are available to pursue PhD scholarships.
  • Study Subject: The MIT Portugal Programme announces a call for PhD scholarships, for study in Portugal and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under the following international PhD programs funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT):
  • Bioengineering Systems – PD/526/2012 (10 scholarships)
  • Leaders for Technical Industries – PD/76/2012 (10 scholarships)
  • Sustainable Energy Systems – PD/395/2012 (10 scholarships)
  • Transportation Systems – PD/539/2012 (10 scholarships)
  • Scholarship Award: The scholarships are provided under the conditions established by Ministério Ciência, Tecnologia e Ensino Superior and FCT, IP, through the decree law 74/2006, changed by the decree law 107/2008 and 230/2009. Candidates will be limited to a maximum of four years’ support, as established by FCT regulations and will be renewed annually; the scholarships cannot be given for a period less than three months. The Ph.D. scholarships will include a monthly maintenance stipend of 980 euros (1.710 euros in case of research at MIT), 2.750 euros/year to cover tuition fees, and 750 euros for presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Nationality: Students from Portuguese citizens and citizens from the state members of the European Union
  • Number of Scholarships: Up to 40 scholarships are available.
  • Scholarship can be taken in Portugal

Eligibility for the Scholarship: 

Eligible Countries: Portuguese citizens and citizens from the state members of the European Union are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Entrance Requirements: To be eligible for this scholarship you must meet the following requirements:

  • For scholarships where the work plan fully takes place in Portugal (Bolsa País):
  • Portuguese citizens and citizens from the state members of the European Union;
  • Citizens from other countries with a valid resident permit or who are long-term residents;
  • Other citizens selected by interview

For scholarships where the work plan takes place partially in foreign institutions (Bolsas Mistas) only citizens (Portuguese or other) that prove that live in Portugal permanently upon the date of application are eligible to apply.

All the documents that attest the residence status of the candidate must have a date that is equal or before the ending date of the call for applications, and must be valid upon the signing of the scholarship contract.

The candidate´s academic degree(s) that is/are supporting the application must have been concluded upon the date of application.

The candidate must submit a document in the application that states the degree that was conferred. In case of degrees conferred by a foreign higher education institution, the candidate must request the recognition of those degrees (Decree-Law 341/2007 of October 12th), or alternatively the equivalence of those degrees (Decree-Law 283/83 of June 21st) under the Portuguese Law. Both the recognition and equivalence of foreign degrees can be requested at any Portuguese Higher Education Institution.

English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

PhD Scholarships

Application Procedure: 

How to Apply: Applications should be submitted electronically through the MIT Portugal Program website “Applying to the Program” page. No other method of submission is available and it will be considered.

All candidates will be contacted by e-mail with the decision of the evaluation panel. Results will be communicated by e-mail to each candidate, and later be available in the MIT Portugal website “Selection Process 2017” page.

If the candidate does not agree with the evaluation of the Selection Committee of the Ph.D. Program, the candidate has a deadline of 10 days (work days) after the results announcement to present a complaint through e-mail, at the time of the preliminary hearing, in the terms of the Código do Procedimento Administrativo (Code of Administrative Procedure). Upon the final decision of the Selection Committee, an appeal can be submitted by the candidate to FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, IP), during the 15 work days after notification.

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