This PhD programme is biennial.
A new edition should take place in 2019/2020 with applications opening in the 1st quarter of 2019.


2017/2018 edition

Who can apply | Submission of applications | Evaluation criteria | Annual fee

Who can apply

a) hold a Master’s degree, or legal equivalent, in International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, Law or other Human and Social Sciences;

b) have a degree in International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, Law or other Human and Social Sciences, with a relevant academic curriculum that is recognised as fit for purpose by the program’s coordination and the Scientific Board of CES and the Scientific Council of FEUC, including: publications; internships in relevant institutions; advanced training courses in this field of studies; research and/or lecturing experience; working experience in this field of studies (international organisations – governmental and non-governmental, national and international; multinational corporations; public diplomacy; international relations’ offices of public and private institutions; civil and military institutions; and the like);

c) Graduates from other areas with an academic curriculum that reveals an adequate background knowledge, such as working experience in this field of studies (as mentioned in b)), internship(s) at international organisations, governmental or non-governmental for at least a period of twelve months; research experience of at least one year and experience of projects’ management/direction at a well qualified research centre;

d) Candidates with an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognised by the Scientific Board of CES and the Scientific Council of FEUC as appropriate for this level of studies, including relevant scientific publications (at least one book, three peer-reviewed articles); research experience (project’s research director); academic experience (2 years of lecturing); and/or professional experience as mentioned in c).

The recognition mentioned in points b), c) and d) only allows access to a study cycle conducting to a doctoral degree, and does not entitle its holder any equivalence to a bachelor's or master's degree or a recognition thereof.

Available places: 15

Submission of applications

Applications must be exclusively submitted through the online Platform InforEstudante 
Instructions are available here

Required documentation

- Copy of the personal identification document (national identification card or passport)
- Letter of motivation
- Curriculum vitae in accordance with the EuroPass format
- Research project proposal (1500 words), including identification of the topic and research question, concise literature review, clear reference to theoretical and conceptual approach, and methodological approaches;
- Diploma of undergraduate studies with final grading; or certificate of qualifications according to c), as above (only students or former students from the UC are exempted from this requirement)
- Credit hours and course programmes held (necessary to request equivalence or crediting)
- Certificate of approval on completed curricular units and correspondent final grades (necessary to request equivalence or crediting)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Master Diploma or other, when relevant, with final grading
- Diploma(s) on foreign languages knowledge (if available)
- Statement for applicants to FCT doctoral grants

Original documents need to be submitted to Academic Management Services by 31 December if you are accept on the PhD programme you applied for.
In case of Non-EU Institutions these documents should be certified by the Portuguese embassy or consulate in the student's native country or by Apostille Convention.
Documents written in other language than Portuguese, Spanish, French or English must be translated into one of the four languages mentioned by a translator certified by the Portuguese Diplomatic representative.

Evaluation Criteria

The applications are selected according to the following criteria:

1. Academic and scientific curriculum:
   1. 1 final grade of Undergraduate Degree (4/ 20);
   1. 2 other academic degrees (e. g. Master Degree, advanced training courses) (4/ 20);
   1. 3 publications/ research (4/ 20);
2. Professional experience (includes an interview*, by the selection panel, in English) (3/ 20);
3. Research project proposal (5/ 20).

Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20. A grade of 9,5 is required to be accepted in each criteria.
* Please note that interviews will be conducted with all selected candidates on July 18 and 25.

Annual Fee: 2.000 Euros.

Part-time registration: Admits (Thesis only)