The University of Lisbon (UL) and the University of Porto (UP) have a joint Doctoral Programme in 'Biodiversity, Genetics & Evolution' (BIODIV), in the area of Biological Sciences (official document - Deliberação n.º 379/2010).
The programme is organized by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL) and the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (FCUP), with the collaboration of the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (cE3c), Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (CIBIO), Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology (IBMC) and Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto (IPATIMUP). These Units develop research of international excellence in Biodiversity, Functional Ecology, Phylogenetics, Evolution, Behaviour, Theoretical Biology, Developmental Biology and Bioinformatics, among other fields, and are equipped with high tech laboratories, as well as a Field Station.
Conditions to apply to BIODIV are the following:
The BIODIV Programme accepts candidates:
from any nationality (with permanent residence in Portugal). More information at BIODIV’s website.
holding a Master’s, or equivalent degree, or holding a 4 or 5-year degree (pre-Bologna) in Biological Sciences*, concluded until the application deadline.
having a final grade (4 or 5-year degree -pre-Bologna- or post-Bologna Master) equal or greater than 14/20 or equivalent. Exceptions could be considered if the candidate is the author of an original work, already published or in press (with doi or proof of acceptance for publication) in indexed journals (Web of Science) until the application deadline, or has an indicator of a similar achievement widely accepted by the national and international scientific communities in the area in which the candidate is applying.
with all academic degrees (BSc, MSc) completed abroad recognized by a Portuguese public institution of higher education or by ‘Direção Geral do Ensino Superior’. More information at BIODIV’s website and at DGES website.
that haven't been previously funded by FCT with a PhD scholarship.
*other scientific backgrounds with an adequate academic and scientific component can be also considered.
Candidates should have a BSc (pre-Bologna) or MSc degree in Biology, Environmental studies, Geography or related areas
BIODIV is a graduate programme that leads to the acquisition of a PhD degree in several specialties as indicated in the corresponding plans (for further informations see below). The programme includes a first year with several courses, seminars and laboratory rotations (see cE3c Advanced courses 2019-2020 and CIBIO Advanced courses 2019-2020), followed by three years of research corresponding to the development of the PhD project and dissertation. The students can take advantage of the resources available in both Universities during the entire period of the programme, though they are registered, and mainly affected in one of the two Universities.
Applications to enroll in the Programme: academic year 2019/ 2020
Candidates may apply for the doctoral program either at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (FCUP) or at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL).
Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon
1st phase – 01/Jul/2019 to 14/Aug/2019
2nd phase - 02/Dec/2019 to 17/Jan/2020
Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto
1st phase – until 13/ May/ 2019; 2nd phase – 01/ Jul/ 2019 to 14/ Aug/ 2019
3rd phase - 02/Dec/2019 to 17/Jan/2020
Information on how to apply is available at the institutional websites of FCUP and FCUL.
Applications for scholarships
There are still no applications for scholarships for the academic year 2019/2020 - See updates here and at the Biodiv Website: http://www.biodiv.pt/applications-to-enroll-the-programme
FCT - Fundação da Ciência e Tecnologia
Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (CIBIO), Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology (IBMC) and Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto (IPATIMUP)
If with a scholarship the fee is paid by a grant from FCT
Procedures for applications to scholarships will be explained in due time.