Applications are invited from international students for the University of Lisbon Fully-funded PhD Scholarships 2022.
A novel and innovative PhD programme for students from temperate countries with skills in agriculture and agri-food chains searching for tropical regions contextualization and for students from tropical countries who seek to confront their contextualized competences with exposure to new technical and scientific knowledge, through an international training experience.
The international PhD programme in “Agricultural Innovation in Tropical Food Chains” is jointly offered by the University of Lisbon’s “School of Agriculture (ISA, ULisboa)” and “Lisbon School of Economics & Management (ISEG, ULisboa)”, in collaboration with the “National Institute for Agricultural and Veterinary Research (INIAV – State Laboratory)”.
University of Lisbon Fully-funded PhD Scholarships Eligibility
This Doctoral Programme is oriented to those who are interested in contributing to global issues with an impact or impacted by the development of economies in tropical regions, which are closely linked with innovation in the agricultural and agri-food sector.
Students from both temperate and tropical regions.
Masters or legal equivalent in agricultural, veterinary, biological, environmental, international economy and development sciences or related fields, including the possibilities set out in Article 27 b) and c) of “Despacho” 8631/2020, September 8, in accordance with point b) and c) of Article 30 of the Legal Regime of Degrees and Diplomas of Higher Education (RJGDES), DL 65/18 of 16 August.
Candidates are selected and ranked by the course coordination committee by examining the application documents and conducting interviews.
a) For the documentary assessment of applications, the following criteria are applied, valued on a scale from 0 to 100, to which the indicated weights correspond:
Academic qualifications (degrees obtained, adequacy and classification) – 25%
Motivation and adequacy of the research interests to the Doctoral Program (through the assessment of the motivation letter) – 5%
Professional experience and competences to develop research – 15%
Scientific, technical and academic merit of the curriculum vitae (through the appraisal of the publications/communications record) – 20%
Quality, relevance and novelty of the research proposal submitted – 30%
Other competencies revealed by the analysis of the information provided in the letters of recommendation – 5%
The classification of the documentary analysis results from the weighted average of the classifications obtained in each criterion, being excluded the candidates with classification below 60 points.
All other candidates are admitted to an interview, which aims to deepen documental information, as well as assess other skills expressed by the candidate.
b) The interview is conducted in English and rated on a scale of 0 to 100, according to the following criteria:
- Communication skills
- Analytical skills regarding the doctoral programme scope
- Motivational skills
- Interpersonal skills
The final evaluation of the candidates results from the average of the marks obtained in the documentary evaluation (60%) and in the interview (40%).
How to Apply for University of Lisbon Fully-funded PhD Scholarships
The following are admitted as candidates for registration:
Holders of a Masters degree or legal equivalent in the areas of agricultural, veterinary, biological, environmental, international economy and development sciences, or related fields, including the possibilities set out in Article 27 b) and c) of “Despacho”8631/2020, September 8th, in accordance with point b) and c) of Article 30 of the Legal Regime of Degrees and Diplomas of Higher Education (RJGDES), DL 65/18 of 16 August.
Exceptionally, holders of a Bachelor’s degree or legal equivalent, holders of a particularly relevant academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the Scientific Committee of the Doctoral Program in the abovementioned scientific areas.
Where to apply:
Applications are addressed to the President of the University of Lisbon’s School of Agriculture Scientific Committee.
The documentation process must be sent, entirely by e-mail, to [email protected] (indicating “Tropical Innovation PhD Application” in the e-mail subject).
The whole application process must be instructed in English, encompassing the following documents:
- Copy of valid identification document (national ID card or passport)
- Documents proving that the candidate meets the qualification conditions, namely, certificates of the academic degrees indicating the respective final grades
- Curriculum vitae
- Project proposal (maximum 3.000 words; mentioning state-of-the art context, main objectives, and methodological approach to be followed)
- Motivation letter
- Two reference/recommendation letters
- Proof of English language proficiency (level B1 or higher according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), or alternative evidence of excellent English-language communication skills) – if the candidate is not a native English speaker
- Declaration which states that the candidate undertakes to comply with the University of Lisboa code of conduct
- Other documents considered relevant for the application
- Indication of email address to which all communication is made
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