Call for 3 PhD Scholarships offered under NORTE2020 (MIT Portugal Bioengineering)

Call for 3 PhD Scholarships offered under Programa Operacional do Norte – NORTE2020 (Ref. BD-03-2016 (N2020 Bioengineering)

The MIT Portugal Program, with the financial support of ESF – European Social Fund, under Programa Operacional Regional do Norte – Norte2020, announces a call for three PhD scholarships for Universidade do Minho, under the Bioengineering PhD program.

Field of study

The target population of the Bioengineering PhD program are graduates with an academic background in biological and biochemical engineering, molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences or other areas related with bioengineering.

Application Period

The call for applications is open from August 11th to September 8th.

Evaluation and Communication of the Results

Evaluation is primarily based on the merit and motivation of the applicant. As a minimum requirement the candidate must have a pre-bologna Licenciatura degree (4-5 years), or the post-bologna Integrated Master degree or equivalent from institutions other than Universidade do Minho.

Applicants must also demonstrate English proficiency. The evaluation process may require an interview in English, either in person or by videoconference. Preference will be given to candidates who present good results in the “GRE General Test” (general exam of the Graduate Record Examination).

The evaluation panel will review the submitted applications, weighing the candidates’ qualifications and producing a sorted list of candidates. The selection jury is composed at least by a faculty member from each of the Universities involved in this PhD Program.

More information about the selection process and jury composition is available on


The grant will last for 12 months (with possibility of renewal for more two consecutive years, depending on performance), starting on 1st October 2016.

Studentship and Fellowship Regulations of FCT are available here:

Submission of Applications

Applications must be sent to the following email address: (Contact person: Prof. Eugénio C. Ferreira). Please make sure to mark in the “Subject” field of your email “N2020 Bioengineering”.

No other method of submission is available.

Required documents:

· CV (in English)

· Motivation letter (in English)

· Digital copies of all academic certificates showing the final classification obtained, and official transcripts listing the grade/classification of each discipline/subject studied during each degree program.

· Letters of reference

Results will be communicated by email to each candidate, and later be available in the MIT Portugal website.

For more information about the MIT Portugal Program, see the program’s website ( or inquire by email at

All relevant information concerning applications is available here:

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