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Applications open in July 25th. 
Public announcement available here.
Next edition will start in January 2023.


The MolBioS candidates are expected to have a strong background in biological sciences including a degree in biology, biochemistry, agronomy, medicine, or related fields. Students with other backgrounds may also be accepted as long as they are in areas that interface with biology (e.g. chemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics). Candidates should be fluent in English as this is the Program official language.


1. Vacancies and Aplications:

1.1 Maximum number: 40
1.2 Minimum number: 5

Applications for 2022/2023

1st phase:
Applications - 25.07.2022 - 05.08.2022
Publication of results - until 12.08.2022
Registration of admitted candidates – 15.08.2022 - 19.08.2022

2nd phase:
Applications - 1.09.2022 - 15.09.2022
Publication of results - until 22.09.2022
Registration of admitted candidates – 24.09.2022 - 30.12.2022


2. Access criteria and admission to the program

Academic qualification: The candidates must have a strong academic record and meet the minimum following requirements:

  • Holding a Masters degree or legal equivalent;
  • Holding a Bachelor’s degree with a relevant academic or scientific curriculum recognized by the Scientific Commission of the Doctoral Program and approved by the Scientific Council of ITQB NOVA, as attesting the capacity to carry out the Program  
  • Holding an academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognized by the Scientific Commission of the Doctoral Program and approved by the Scientific Council as attesting the capacity to carry out the Program. 


3. Application rules:

3.1. All application are made through this link

3.2. The application shoud include the following documents:

a) Request directed to the President of the Scientific Council, formalizing the application (draft can be requested to the Academic Services);
b) Copy of ID;
c) Copy of document with taxpayer identification number;
d) Documents proving that the candidate meets the conditions required in point 2 of this Announncement. In case of foreign degree, the candidate should present an original translated certificate (english or portuguese) or, in alternative, the original certificate along with the diploma supplement in english;
e) Updated Curriculum vitae, including the published work duly documented;
f) PhD work plan, signed by the supervisor and candidate;
g) Supervisor(s) declaration regarding the supervision of the candidate's work plan ;
h) Information regarding existing funding to support doctoral work. In case of the attribution of a PhD grant you should designate the funding source and reference.


4. Selection criteria:

4.1. The candidates of this PhD Program are selected by its Scientific Committee, taking into account the following criteria (the candidate must have a positive evaluation in the three mentioned criteria):

a) Academic curriculum, with a 50% weighting;
b) PhD work plan, with a 25% weighting;
c) Host conditions merit, with a 25% weighting.


5. Registration and renovation process:*

5.1. All registration and renovation must be done through this link.

5.2. Registrations – until 30 days after the acceptance of the application.

5.3. Renovations – 10 months counting from the date of the registration / beginning of the Doctoral Plan (for those with an Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnolologia fellowship).

5.4 Request for the accreditation of academic education – when registering.


6. Fellowships and financing

The admission to the Molecular Biosciences programme does not correspond to a fellowship. All candidates must ensure the financial coverage associated to their activities during the doctoral period, for example, through the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. fellowships.


7. Fees and Annual Fees

7.1 The application fee is 51€ (fifty one euro). If the candidate is not admitted or excluded this value will not be refundable.

7.2. The registration fee is 35€ (thirty five euros).

7.3. The Annual fees for the academic year of 2022/2023 is of 2.750,00 € (two thousand seven hundred and fifty euros) for national students, and 10.000,00 € (ten thousand euros) for international students. Except what is included in article 7, point 3 of the PhD Rules. All students with a PhD fellowship from Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P., have their annual fees paid by this Institution.  


8. The calendar of the Molecular Biosciences Doctoral Course 2022-2023

Registration at the curricular units – until 30.12.2022
Beginning/end of the curricular component of the 1st year – 09.01.2023 / 28.04.2023
Curricula improvement request – upon agreement with the Curricular Unit coordinator
Registration dates for the curricula improvement – contact the ITQB NOVA Academic Office
Thesis plan presentations – between 05.06.2023 and 09.06.2023


9. Course Coordinators: Doctor Raquel Sá-Leão and Doctor Ricardo Louro (ITQB NOVA)


*This Doctoral Course is in association with Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of New University Lisbon and according to the Molecular Biosciences Rules (Regulamento n.º 236/2017, 5 de maio), article 13.º, the registration and renewal process regarding this Institution should be consulted on their online page.

Aditional information: The Degree and Diploma Recognition in Portugal of higher education degrees and diplomas awarded by foreign higher education institutions is regulated, since January 1st 2019, by Decree-Law no. 66/2018. This Decree-Law repeals the previous two regarding these issues, Decree-Law no. 283/83 and Decree-Law no. 341/2007.

There are three types of recognition in Portugal.:

Automatic recognition;
Level recognition;
Specific recognition.

For more information please consult the online page of the Direção Geral de Ensino Superior (Portuguese Higher Education Office). 




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