How to apply for BIODIV Scholarships


Applications should be submitted by email to (Call A) ot to (Call B) between 29 December 2017 and 20 January 2018 (applications received before 24:00 GMT) with the following mandatory supporting documents (written in Portuguese or English):

  • BIODIV Application Form . Only one form per candidate will be accepted;
  • Curriculum vitae (signed and dated);
  • Motivation Letter;
  • Copy of the official academic certificate(s) of all awarded degrees (BSc, MSc) with the inclusion of the overall final grade;
  • Copy of the official academic transcripts of all awarded degrees (BSc, MSc) with the inclusion of the several classifications per course;
  • Evidence of recognition of academic degrees (BSc or MSc) completed abroad, and conversion of the grade into the Portuguese scale. More information available here;
  • Evidence of permanent residence in Portugal (for national or foreign candidates). More information available here.


Motivation letters (1-2 pages) should include an explanation of why candidates want to enroll in the BIODIV Programme, in the context of their academic and professional experience, as well as an indication of the research topics they are interested in.


BIODIV students can enroll in the ongoing projects in the research units with an extremely broad range of methods, theoretical approaches and applications (see further information at CIBIO-InBIO and cE3c).


All documents must be saved starting with "first name’ followed by ‘last name’ in capital letters (example: MariaSANTOS_CV.pdf). Spaces must not be used (these should be replaced by hyphens or underscores).


External links for documents (CV, Motivation Letter, Certificates) must not be provided, unless it is absolutely necessary. All documents must be sent as e-mail attachments.




Instruction on how to fill in the Application Form


To fill in and save the Application Form please use Adobe Acrobat Reader © X or (preferentially) XI. The form should be saved as a PDF (and not as an image).


Each candidate is responsible for the information provided. Any applicant who provides misleading, false or incomplete information may be excluded.


The first ranking of BIODIV applications will take into account – for criteria A and B - only the information provided in the Application Form.


It is mandatory to indicate in which university candidates are applying for a scholarship: University of Porto or University of Lisbon. Based on the merit of the candidates, the Jury Panel will select the best six candidates applying to the University of Porto and the best six candidates applying to the University of Lisbon. The evaluation panel may decide not to award all the scholarships if the curricula, experience and motivation of the candidates are considered insufficient.


The following information concerning awarded degrees (BSc, MSc) must also be provided:

  • official name of the programme;
  • institution granting the academic degree;
  • type of degree (Bologna, Pre-bologna or other);
  • original final grade and the corresponding scale (example: 8 out of 10);
  • grade conversion to Portuguese scale (0-20)* (example: 16 out of 20), according to the evidence of recognition
  • date of conclusion;
  • type and number of credits effectively completed;
  • official duration of the degree in years (and not the number of years spent to conclude the degree).


In case the candidate has already been funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) with a PhD scholarship of any duration, please tick the correspondent box in the form.


Concerning professional experience in research projects, only grants and paid positions should be considered (and not volunteer experience).


In terms of publications, candidates should only indicate original works, either published or in press (with doi or proof of acceptance for publication). Submitted papers will not be taken into account.


To complete the application form, candidates should indicate three people to act as referees who, at our request, will be able to evaluate their academic and research performance. 'Recommendation Letters’ should not be sent during the application process.


Click here to access the Application Form.