Submissions of the applications by students – 05th April to 14th May 2021, 17h00 (Lisbon time)
Before applying, and if you have never registered as student in the Prototerapia website, you need to register here
Students may only submit one single application.
All applicants have access to the proposed thesis themes in the website. The applicants should consult the proposed thesis themes and contact the supervisor/co-supervisors of the thesis.
A communication between candidates and supervisors is mandatory. The work plan resulting from this interaction should contain a detailed description of how the goals of the research project will be achieved. The description should also provide all the necessary elements to allow the assessment by the evaluation panel, namely the methodological approach, description of tasks, their interrelatedness, sequence and schedule. It may also include a contingency plan, addressing how possible unforeseeable difficulties might be overcome. In order to enable the Evaluation Panel to analyse the feasibility of the proposed work plan, a timeline with milestones for the different tasks should be included.
Besides of other factors, the final locking and submission of the application depends on the association of the supervisor and co-supervisor(s) (when applicable) to the application.
Once the topic has been selected by a candidate in agreement with the supervisor, the candidate formalizes his application by filling the Candidate Application form (provided on-line) and uploading the following documents:
One CV file in pdf format;
One Motivation Letter file in pdf format;
The most representative document of the applicant’s scientific/professional path as, for example, a scientific publication, conference communication, scientific report or master thesis; proof of scientific or professional achievement, performances or artistic creations. Academic degree certificates, CVs or documents describing the applicant’s career path should not be submitted in this field;
One PDF file containing the supporting documents, attesting that the applicant fulfils all the required conditions, namely certificates of all the academic degrees obtained, with the final average grade and marks in all subjects; other documents that the candidate may consider relevant for the assessment of the merit mentioned in the CV;
Timeline, a diagram specifying the milestones and respective tasks proposed in the work plan;
Up to three contacts (names and e-mail addresses) for reference letters
(The reference letters will be directly uploaded by the referees. Applicants will not have access to the letters but they will be able to check if and when they have been uploaded. The referees will receive an e-mail with the name of the applicant and with a link for uploading their letters. The Referees can upload the letters during the whole period of the Call).
Click “Associate Supervisors”. An e-mail will be sent to the applicant and to the supervisor, as well as to the co-supervisors (when applicable). Applicants must then be confirmed by the supervisor and co-supervisors (when applicable). They will need to fill the supervisor form (provided on-line), describing their personal judgment as regards to the student´s CV and his adequacy to the PhD subject.
After the supervisor and co-supervisors have locked their association to the application, applicants should click "Submit and Lock". At this point, the entire application will be validated and, if there is no error, locked. No further modification will be allowed.
Academic degrees obtained in Portugal:
Applicants with academic degrees obtained in Portugal must comply with the following, depending on their specific status:
- For post-Bologna academic degrees, applicants should specify the final grades obtained in the 1st and/or 2nd study cycles, as well as the corresponding ECTS;
- In case of integrated master degrees, for which the institutions do not provide separate final grades for the 1st and 2nd cycle of study, just the final grade and the total number of ECTS should be specified;
- For pre-Bologna academic degrees, applicants should indicate the grades obtained for the graduate and/or master degrees.
For each of your academic degrees, you should click on the “Add Academic Degree” button, then select the respective option from the drop list and fill in the respective mandatory fields.
Academic degrees obtained abroad:
In order to comply with the applicable Portuguese legislation concerning the recognition of foreign qualifications, all rights inherent to holding academic degrees granted by foreign higher education institutions are duly recognised to the holders of these degrees, subject to the presentation of the academic degrees register of recognition and conversion of the final grade to the Portuguese grading scale, obtained upon request to the Dean of a Portuguese public University, the Head of a public Polytechnic Institute or the Director-General for Higher Education; or by the presentation of the equivalence/recognition, registered by a public higher education institution.
The legal regime applicable to the recognition procedures is approved by the Decree-Law no. 66/2018, of 16 August, if requested after 1 January 2019. For requests submitted before 1 January 2019, the applicable legal procedure is ratified by Decree-Law 341/2007, of 12 October, and regulated by Decree no. 227/2017, of 25 July, or, alternatively, for equivalence processes, the request is governed by the Decree-Law no. 283/83, of 21 June.
For further information, applicants are advised to carefully read Decree-Law 66/2018, of 16 August, and to visit the website of the Directorate General for Higher Education (Direção-Geral do Ensino Superior, DGES): https://www.dges.gov.pt/en/pagina/degree-and-diploma-recognition?plid=1536
Applicants with foreign academic degrees should:
- Indicate that the academic degree was completed abroad;
- Upload the recognition/equivalence of the academic degree and the final grade conversion to the Portuguese grading scale, issued by a Portuguese public higher education institution or by the Directorate General for Higher Education (DGES).
The submission of degree certificates is not a mandatory requirement at the time of application; its presentation may occur after the panel’s decision. Nevertheless, only the degree certificates (national or foreign degrees recognized by DGES or a Portuguese University) uploaded in the application form will be considered for evaluation purposes, namely to calculate the score of A1, a sub-criterion of the Merit of the Applicant. The minimum grade of 0 will be scored when both graduate and master foreign degree certificates are not recognized nor the respective final grades converted to the Portuguese grading scale.
The members of the panel will only assess the degrees duly recognized at the date of the application submission.
Types of Grants:
The grants may be “national” or “mixed” grants, depending on whether the work program is carried out totally or partially at national institutions. In the case of national grants, it is mandatory to include in the work program a minimum period of a 6-month internship at an internationally renowned institution. In the case of mixed grants, the period of the work program that takes place in a foreign institution cannot exceed 24 months. When applying for a mixed grant, applicants should specify the starting date and length(s) of the period(s) to be spent abroad, and indicate the foreign institution where the research work will take place.
In the case of mixed grants, all candidates (Portuguese or foreign) must be able to produce proof of their usual or permanent residence in Portugal at the starting date of the grant, as demonstrated by the following documents:
- Portuguese applicants: residence certificate, issued by the junta de freguesia of their residence area;
- Citizens of a European Union member-state: EU citizen registration certificate, issued by the town council, or certificate of permanent residence for the EU, issued by the Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (Borders and Foreigners Services);
- Other nationals, stateless persons or refugees: certificate of permanent residence, issued by the Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (Borders and Foreigners Services).
Non-Portuguese citizen candidates who are not currently living in Portugal may also apply, if the studentship proceeds fully in Portuguese institutions (national grant). In this circumstance, the contracting of the studentship that is conditionally granted depends on the presentation of a valid Portuguese residence permit at the starting date of the grant, under the terms established in Law no. 23/2007, of 4 July, last amended and republished by Law nº. 102/2017, of 28 August.
These documents are not required during the application submission and may be presented upon provisional awarding of the grant, during the contracting process. However, these documents must be valid on the starting date of the grant.