Having been selected to receive funding from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, IP (FCT-IP), the International Doctoral Programme in Comparative Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon (PhD-COMP) has five doctoral scholarships to offer for the academic year 2018/2019. As defined by the terms of this agreement, it is the responsibility of the Directive Board of the Doctoral Programme to select students to be awarded these scholarships. Selected students will sign grant contracts directly with the FCT. In accordance with the applicable regulations currently in force, the Directive Board of PhD-COMP is therefore making an open call for applications for five doctoral scholarships.
1. Doctoral Scholarships
PhD-COMP is open to applications for five national doctoral scholarships, financed by national funds through the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, IP, and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (FCT/MCTES).
2. Field of Study
3. Application Period
Applications are open from 1st May to 2nd July 2018.
4. Candidate Eligibility
In accordance with the terms laid out by article n.º 5 and sub-article 1 of article n.º 14 of the FCT’s Regulation for Studentships and Fellowships, applications are open to the following:
- Portuguese citizens;
- Citizens of other EU member states or of any other states with which Portugal maintains a reciprocity agreement;
- Citizens of other states (since all candidates are subject to an individual interview).
Candidates should hold the necessary level of academic qualifications to allow them to integrate a doctoral programme, as defined by the Application Requirements.
Citizens who have previously been awarded similar grants for the same purpose by the FCT are not eligible to apply.
Students already participating in the PhD-COMP Doctoral Programme are eligible, provided that they have not previously been selected for a scholarship by the FCT, or received a doctoral grant or doctorate in Programmes funded directly by the FCT.
5. Application Requirements
Candidates should have the following:
1) A Master’s Degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences.
2) In the absence of (1), another academic qualification (Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree) combined with a CV considered by the Directive Board of PhD-COMP to be both relevant and suited to advanced research in the field of Comparative Studies.
3) A working knowledge of three languages (including English).
6. Application Procedure
The application procedure is carried out exclusively online, through the Applications Portal of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon:
As part of this procedure, candidates must submit the following documents:
1) Cover letter (in English);
2) Detailed CV (in English) dated, and containing the candidate’s e-mail address;
3) Transcripts of diplomas or degrees with final grades;
4) Preliminary research proposal (maximum 5 pages, in English);
5) Sample paper written in the course of academic study (maximum 20 pages; in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French or Italian);
6) Copy of an appropriate identification document.
7. Study Plan
PhD-COMP is a Doctoral Programme with 240 ECTS. Typically, students will be expected to complete the course of study by the end of the fourth year.
The first two years of the course are dedicated to advanced curricular training: the first year consists of a set of five seminars, accompanied by supervised preliminary research within one of the research projects of the Centre for Comparative Studies at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon; in the second year, students will attend a seminar (S3) designed to provide them with the necessary methodological tools for the development of their research, and will also complete a supervised individual plan of study (S4). In this fourth semester, students will participate in intensive seminars given by international members of the programme’s team, in workshops especially designed to facilitate their integration into the academic work environment and, if deemed pertinent, in an international Summer School. At the end of this semester, all students must present and discuss their dissertation plans with a Qualification Board constituted by the supervisors, an external evaluator and the programme’s Directive Board.
The two remaining years are dedicated to the development and composition of each student’s thesis, whilst still including a period set aside for research, international mobility and integration into the scientific community. Each student must spend at least one semester in one of the international partner institutions (a fact taken into account by the scholarship budget which provides students with an increased maintenance stipend during their time abroad). During this period, students will work with an international supervisor, carry out research and participate in relevant events. The thesis will be completed at the end of the eighth semester of the course of study.
8. Host Institution and Scientific Supervisor
The host institution is the Centre for Comparative Studies of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon (Alameda da Universidade, 1600-214 Lisboa, Portugal).
The supervision of scholarship holders during their first year is ensured by the Programme Director, Professor Ângela Fernandes, in conjunction with the tutors assigned to each student individually. From the second year onwards, scholarship holders work under the supervision of their personal supervisors.
9. Evaluation and Selection Methods
The evaluation of applications is carried out in line with the following terms, considering the different assessment criteria and producing a ranking of candidates. There are two selection phases: the first of these phases is the Curricular Evaluation (CE); the second is an interview (I). The final classification is the result of the following weightings: Curricular Evaluation (CE) – 70%, Interview (I) – 30%.
9.1. First Selection Phase: Curricular Evaluation (CE)
In this first phase, Candidates will be graded in accordance with the following criteria:
1. Candidate’s Merit (CM) (60%):
1.1. Final Undergraduate Grades (FUG) – 10%
1.2. Final Graduate Grades (FGG) – 20%
1.3. Experience and Research Competencies (ERC) – 30%
2. Quality of Research Proposal (RP) (40%):
2.1. Cover Letter, Sample Paper and Research Proposal – 40%
The Candidate’s Merit (CM), as assessed by FUG and FGG, is graded on a scale of 0 to 20, taking into account up to two decimal places. ERC will also be graded from 0 to 20, according to the relevancy of the candidate’s CV to the activities he/she proposes to carry out as part of his/her research.
The Quality of Research Proposal (RP) will also be graded from 0 to 20, in line with the following terms:
- Cover Letter – up to 2 points;
- Sample Paper – up to 3 points;
- Research Proposal (originality, conceptual rigour and suitability to the fields of the doctoral programme) – up to 15 points.
9.2. Second Selection Phase: Interview (I)
Candidates ranked in the 12 (twelve) highest positions after the first selection phase (CE) are invited to interview, provided that they have achieved a classification of 14 points or more, on the aforementioned scale of 0 to 20. Candidates selected for interview will receive their convocation via e-mail.
At interview, the quality of the oral presentation of the research proposal, as well as its scientific relevance, will be assessed objectively and systematically. The selection criteria of this second and final phase are the following:
1. Defence of the thesis project (questions and answers) – up to 10 points;
2. Candidate’s ability to explain the contribution of the project to the specific field of research – up to 10 points.
Interviews will take place on 12th and 13th July 2018, following the schedule set out in the e-mails sent to selected candidates. If candidates are unable to attend, it is possible for the interview to be conducted via videoconference.
Candidates will be eliminated at each of the selection phases.
In the first phase (CE), candidates who do not achieve a classification of 14 or over on the aforementioned scale of 0 to 20 will be eliminated, as well as any candidate ranked lower than twelfth.
In the second phase (I), candidates who receive a classification lower than 9.5 out of 20, either in the interview or in the final classification of the application process (obtained as an appropriately weighted average) will be eliminated, along with any candidate ranked lower than tenth. Candidates who do not attend an interview will be automatically eliminated.
The final ranking of candidates who complete both phases of selection is calculated on a scale of 0 to 20 and results from the weighted average of the classifications achieved at each phase.
In the event of a tie, the classification achieved at interview (I) will be used as a tiebreak. If the tie persists, the classification of the Research Proposal (RP) will be taken into account.
Candidates can request access to the records of the jury, wherein they can consult the assessment criteria and respective weightings of each selection phase, as well as the classification table and the final appraisal system used.
10. Selection Jury
The Jury is made up of Professors Ângela Fernandes (Chair), Donata Meneghelli, Fernanda Mota Alves and Jan Baetens.
The following are substitute members of the Jury: 1st – Doctor Santiago Pérez Isasi; 2nd – Professor Luísa Afonso Soares; 3rd – Professor Manuela Carvalho; 4th – Professor Helena Carvalhão Buescu.
11. Publication and Notification of Results
The list of admissions and eliminations, as well as the results obtained at each of the selection phases and the final ranking of candidates who complete the applications process, will be communicated to candidates via e-mail up to 30 working days after the deadline for the submission of applications. The same information will also be made available on the website of the PhD-COMP Programme, which can be accessed at the following address: http://phdcomp.letras.ulisboa.pt.
After results are released, 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
In accordance with article 9 of the FCT’s Regulation for Studentships and Fellowships (RSF), the scholarship has a duration of one year, and can be renewed for up to a maximum of four years. The start date for this edition’s scholarships is envisaged for September 2018.
The monthly maintenance allowance (MMA) is laid out in the table attached to the RSF, in accordance with the type of scholarship. The payment of the MMA, as well as that of any charges which may result from the scholarship holder’s adhesion to the voluntary social security scheme (1st tier) will be made monthly, via bank transfer to the account indicated by the scholarship holder during the contract-signing process.
Scholarships should be carried out as an exclusive, full-time activity, as required by the terms of the Research Fellowship Holder Statute.
13. Equality and Non-Discrimination Policy
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon upholds an equality and non-discrimination policy, so that no candidate may be favoured, benefitted, disadvantaged, deprived of any right or exempt from duties on account of ascendance, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, financial status, education, social status, genetic heritage, reduced working capacity, impairment, chronic disease, nationality, ethnicity or race, country of origin, language, religion, political or ideological beliefs, or union affiliation.
14. Legislation and Applicable Regulations
Research Fellowship Holder Statute, Law nº 40/2004 of 18th August, available in its current wording at:
FCT, I.P’s Regulation for Studentships and Fellowships, Regulation nº 234/2012, last amended by Regulation nº 339/2015, published in Series II of Diário da República of 17th July 2015, and available at: