1. Application for Doctoral Scholarships
The International Doctoral Program in Comparative Studies at the University of Lisbon (PHDCOMP), funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology, IP (FCT-IP), following the first edition of the call for applications for 5 full national doctoral scholarships in the academic year 2016-2017, and according to the decision of the jury on July 7th, 2016, hereby announces the opening of a second call for the remaining 2 vacancies. The Directive Board of the Program will be responsible for selecting the candidates who will be awarded the grants. Grant Agreements will be signed directly between the selected candidates and FCT. These scholarships are funded by national funds through FCT and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (FCT/MCTES) and by the Human Potential Operating Program of the European Social Fund (POCH), in the following conditions:
2. Scientific field
The call is open to Portuguese citizens, citizens of European Union countries, citizens of countries outside the European Union living in Portugal in the terms laid out by Law n.º 23/2007, July 4th, modified by Law n.º 29/2012, August 9th, citizens of countries with which Portugal has celebrated reciprocity agreements, and citizens of other countries provided that the candidate undergoes a panel interview.
Applicants are eligible provided they have not previously received an identical type of FCT-funded scholarship for the same purpose. Students previously admitted in the PHDCOMP program may also apply to the scholarship, as long as they have not received any identical FCT funded scholarship.
4. Application deadline
Applications are open from 16th August until September 1st, 2016.
5. Applicants’ requirements
Applicants should meet the following criteria:
1) Master degree in Humanities or Social Sciences;
2) Other graduate or undergraduate degrees when the candidate’s CV is considered relevant and suited to advanced research in Comparative Studies by the Directive Board.
3) Working knowledge of three languages (including English).
6. Application procedure
Applications should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following documents:
1) Motivation letter (in English);
2) Detailed CV (in English) dated and with the candidate’s email address;
3) Transcripts of diplomas or degrees with final grades;
4) Degrees awarded by foreign higher education institutions must be officially recognized and registered by a Portuguese institution of higher education (the procedure for the registration of a degree confers the rights inherent to the Portuguese corresponding degree), as foreign grades must be converted to the Portuguese grading scale; candidates should contact the Directorate-General for Higher Education (http://www.dges.mctes.pt/DGES/pt, email@example.com) or the University of Lisbon (http://www.ulisboa.pt/en/inicio/study/foreign-qualifications).
5) Preliminary Research proposal (max. 5 pages; in English);
6) Sample paper (max. 20 pages; in English, French or Portuguese);
7) Copy of identification document (Passport or ID card);
8) Statement of current professional situation, when applicable, indicating the nature of the contract, function and average weekly course load, or personal declaration if not gainfully employed.
7. Study Plan
PHDCOMP is a PhD program with 180 ECTS. Typically, students will be expected to complete a dissertation by the end of the 4th year.
The first two years will be devoted to advanced curricular training: year 1 will consist of a set of 5 core seminars and preliminary research within one of the Centre for Comparative Studies’ research projects; year 2 will be defined by one advanced research seminar (S3) and supervised individual and methodological training (S4). The student will participate in workshops and intensive seminars taught by the international members of the team and at least in one International Summer School. At the end of semester 4, all students will be required to present and discuss their dissertation plan before a Qualification Board composed by the supervisors, an external evaluator and one member of the Program’s Directive Board. The other two years will be devoted to dissertation writing and constitute a period of research, international mobility and integration in the scientific environment. Each student will be required to spend at least one semester in one foreign partner institution, working with international supervisors, doing research and attending course offerings and conferences (this period is contemplated in the budget of the Scholarships, namely with an increased stipendium during the stay abroad).
8. Host Institution and Scientific Supervisor
Centre for Comparative Studies of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon, Alameda da Universidade, 1600-214 Lisboa, Portugal. Scientific supervision by Professor Ângela Fernandes.
Evaluation of applications is made according to the terms of this announcement, weighing up the assessment factors and producing an ordered list of candidates. There will be two evaluation phases: a curricular evaluation (CE) in the 1st phase, weighting 70% and an Interview (I) in the 2nd, weighting 30%.
The following criteria will be used for grading candidates in the first phase (CE):
1. Applicants’ merit (60%):
1.1 Undergraduate final grades (U): 10%
1.2 Graduate final grades (G): 20%
1.3 Experience and research qualities (E): 30%
2. Quality of the research proposal (40%):
2.1 Motivation letter, Sample Paper, and Research Proposal (MLSPRP): 40%
The Curricular Evaluation (U+G) will be established on a 0-20 points scale, rounded to the nearest hundredth; Experience (E) will be graded from 0-20 according with the relevance of the CV for the development of the research activities of the proposed preliminary project.
The Motivation Letter, Sample Paper and Research Project (MLSPRP) will be graded from 0-20, according to the following:
1. Motivation letter (up to 2 points);
2. Sample Paper (up to 3 points);
3. Research Project/thesis originality, innovation and suitability to the fields of the doctoral program (15 points).
In the second phase, 12 students will be admitted for the interview, provided their rating is equal or above 14 points. Candidates will be notified by email.
In the interview, the quality of the oral presentation of the research proposal and its scientific relevance will be objectively and systematically evaluated. The following criteria will be used for grading candidates at stage 2:
1. Defense of the research project (questions and answers) = 10 points;
2. Explanation of the projects’ contribution to the specific field of research = 10 points.
Note: The interview will take place on September 8th, 2016. Selected candidates will be notified via email about the schedule for the interviews. If unable to attend, candidates may be interviewed by video conference.
Each of the evaluation phases is eliminatory.
In the first phase (CE), candidates that get under 14 points or are ordered beneath 12th place will be excluded.
In the second phase (I), candidates that obtain a grade under 9.5 points in the interview or in the final grade of the call, those that are classified beyond the 10th place of the interview or those that do not attend the interview will be excluded.
In the event of a tie, the tiebreak criteria will be the grade obtained in the interview. If the tie persists, the grade obtained in the curricular evaluation.
10. Members of the Scholarship Jury
Professors Ângela Fernandes (Chair), Donata Meneghelli, Jan Baetens and Susana Araújo.
Appointed substitutes: Professors Fernanda Mota Alves and Manuela Carvalho.
11. Publication of Results
The evaluation results will be announced within 30 days after the deadline for submission of applications. Candidates will be notified via email. The results will also be publicly available on the Program’s website at www.phdcomp.net. After disclosure of the results, candidates should be considered automatically notified for presenting any claim in a preliminary hearing within 10 working days, as established in the Portuguese Administrative Procedure Code. An appeal concerning the final decision may be brought to the Directive Board within 15 working days after the notification of results.
12. Duration of the Scholarship and monthly allowance
Scholarships are yearly granted and renewable up to 4 years. It is expected that this edition’s Scholarships will be granted by October 2016. The monthly allowance is established according to FCT’s Regulation for Studentships and Scholarships.
The payment is done by money transfer to the bank account provided by the student in the signing of the contract.
Scholarships require exclusive dedication, according to FCT’s Research Scholarship Holder Statute.
13. Equality and non-discrimination policy
The Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon promotes an equality and non-discrimination policy, so that no candidate may be favored, benefited, disadvantaged or deprived of any right or exempt from duties on account of origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, civic or social status, financial status, reduced working capacity, impairment, chronic disease, nationality, race or ethnicity, genetic heritage, language, religion, political or ideological beliefs and union affiliation.
14. Legislation and applicable regulation
For all matters not referred to in this Announcement the Regulation for Scholarships of the Foundation for Science and Technology applies, available at https://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/regulamentos.phtml.en