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Applications for the 2017 edition of the MolBioS PhD Program are open from 9 October to 16 November (16h, Lisbon time) 2017 (for students who want to apply for a MolBioS fellowship).
Eleven fellowships are available covering the tuition fees and a monthly allowance (980 €; tax free). Students who have secured other sources of funding may apply later.

The application is made online.

The deadline for submission is 16 November 2017.

For information on who can apply to the MolBioS Program see Admission.

The list of labs/supervisors associated with the MolBioS Program is available here. Please note that not all supervisors can accept students this year. 


Application Process

1. Register at the application platform.

2. Activate your account (you will receive an email for this)

3. Start the process by inserting your name and saving the form.

4. Fill in all your information in the application form. It will not be possible to upload a Cv, so use the required fields for this. You can save and return later.

5. Upload a pdf file with the Degree Certificates (First and Master Degrees only, in a single pdf file). If you are selected you will later have to bring the originals.

6. Mark the checkbox when your application is complete and press Save to seal and submit the application. The deadline for submission is 16 November 2017, 16h Lisbon time.

In the application platform, you can provide the name and e-mail of two scientists/professors who can write a reference letter for you. Please do this as soon as possible (it is not necessary to have your application complete; only your name and their contact is required). We will contact them directly to ask for this reference. They will be provided with an online form, which must be submitted until 16 November.


Selection Process

Selection will follow a two-step procedure involving analysis of the application and a personal assessment.

Step 1: At this step a short-list of candidates to be invited for interview is prepared. The results of Step I will be communicated by e-mail on 24 November 2017.

Selection is based on analysis of:

i) past performance - academic record, research experience, and publications (if any);

ii) the personal statement - should include a description of scientific interests and career goals, and reasons for applying to the Program;

iii) Letters of recommendation, if present.


Step 2: Selected candidates will be invited to make a presentation followed by an interview. Candidates living abroad will be interviewed via Skype. Interviews will take place in 14 and 15 December 2017. Make sure you are available during this week and be prepared to make a presentation followed by an interview.

The 10 min oral presentation should include a personal and a scientific component, focusing on your own research experience, or on a paper or short literature review of a relevant topic of your interest in the area of molecular biosciences. The presentation is followed by an interview with the Admission Committee. The whole process is in English. This step serves to evaluate the intellectual and scientific ability of the candidates, their rationale for pursuing a PhD (their interest/commitment to research), research interests, career goals (what does the applicant intend to do post PhD and how will the Program help), and command of English.

The final results will be released by e-mail on December 18 2017, and the selected applicants must confirm their acceptance.

The selection criteria can be found here.


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