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Before admission in the MolBioS

• How can I apply for a fellowship?
A call for applications is open from 9th October to 16th November 2017, 16h00 Lisbon time. (check Applications for details). Eleven fellowships are available.

• How are applications assessed?
The Admission Committee reviews all applications and ranks them based on the curriculum vitae, the personal statement and recommendation letters. The evaluation of the CV takes into account the degree classification, the publication record (if any) and research experience. The Committee then elaborates a shortlist of candidates, who are then invited for a presentation and interview.  Unsuccessful candidates will be informed at the same time. 

• What is the admission committee looking for in the interview?
Both the presentation and interview assess the applicant's capacity to formulate and discuss scientific questions, their ability to think critically, and their awareness of the challenges involved in a PhD.

• Can I enroll in MolBioS if I have other sources of funding?
Yes. Students with other sources of funding may also be admitted to the program. Please contact for more information.

• What are the tuition fees?
Tuition fees are 2750 €/year. Students with a MolBioS or FCT fellowship have their tuition fees covered.

Who should I contact if I have questions regarding the MolBioS PhD Program?
Send an email to for any questions related to the MolBioS PhD Program.


After admission in the MolBioS

• What is the working language of the program?
English is the working language at ITQB NOVA and is used throughout the MolBioS program in all instances. This includes lectures, discussions, written and presentation materials, seminars and group presentations, information and dissemination materials, web site, etc.

• How will I choose my supervisor?
You can choose your supervisor among the laboratories affiliated with the Program. However, each supervisor can only accept one student per year and not in consecutive years.

• What is the Thesis Committee?
The Thesis Committee is formed by the supervisor(s) and two other individuals not affiliated with the same lab and has the following responsibilities: i) to review the written thesis proposal; ii) to meet annually with the student to evaluate progress and provide mentoring and advice; iii) to attend the student's thesis research seminar, to be presented prior to the writing of the thesis. Members of the Thesis Committee will be available for advice and direction during the time that the student is enrolled in the program.

• Will I spend all my time in just one lab?
That depends on your project but probably not. Mobility to other research laboratories and institutions, mostly abroad, is a common and natural consequence of the high level of internationalization of the participating  research groups. As in recent years, students have very good perspectives of spending training periods in foreign laboratories, as most of the research groups involved have active international collaborations.

• Is there travelling involved?
Yes. Remember science is a global activity and thus students are expected to attend international scientific meetings, both in Portugal and abroad. Also, students involved in this PhD program  have privileged access to outside training opportunities.

• After the curricular units will I have contact with students from different areas?
There are plenty of opportunities to interact with students and researchers in different areas. Additionally, every year, the PhD students themselves organize the PhD Student’s Meeting, a two-day scientific event at ITQB NOVA, where they present and discuss ongoing work with other scientists. The program includes also invited speakers from other national or international institutions.



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