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Research fellowship: PolObs_TN_01

CECS-Communication and Society Research Centre

Job Information

CECS-Communication and Society Research Centre
Communication Sciences (University of Minho, Portugal)
Research Field
Communication sciences
Cultural studies
Researcher Profile
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Application Deadline
Type of Contract
Job Status
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description

The University of Minho (UM) opens a call for the attribution of one PhD student research fellowship or master enrolled in a non-academic degree course, in the area of Sociology, Cultural Studies and/or Communication Sciences, under the Research Fellowship Statute (EBI); the ruling FCT Regulation for Fellowships (RBI), and the University of Minho Regulation of Scientific Research Fellowships (RBIC).

The research fellowship is meant for enrolled candidates or candidates who may prove to have the necessary conditions to enrol in the Doctoral Program in Cultural Studies, Communication Sciences, and/or Sociology of the University of Minho. Or enrolled masters or masters who may prove to have the necessary conditions to enrol in non-academic degree courses integrated into the educational project of the institution (UMinho), developed in association or cooperation with one or more R&D units.

The Fellowship awarded within the scope of this call will be financed under the project “PEMC.TN2030 - Plano estratégico da Cultura - Mapa de indicadores e Metas”, financed by the Municipality of Torres Novas.

The research activities will be carried out in the Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS), the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, under the scientific supervision of Doctor Manuel Carlos Lobão de Araújo e Gama.


The fellowship holder will carry out activities in support of the organization and technical-scientific development of the project, namely:

  • Monitoring the process of creating and applying questionnaire surveys;
  • SPSS and NVivo analysis of questionnaire surveys;
  • Review of reports produced within the scope of the study;
  • Publication of scientific articles;
  • Other tasks inherent to the development of the project.


The call for applications is open from 11 to 24 January, until 11:59 pm (GMT). Applications and application support documents requested in this call (‘Application Admissibility Requirements’) must be submitted via e-mail to, indicating the call reference in the email subject “PolObs_TN_01”. Applications sent by other means or extemporaneously will not be accepted.


Application Admissibility Requirements

It is essential, under penalty of non-admission to the call, to attach to the application the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Certificates of the previous academic degrees held, specifying mandatorily the final classification and, if possible, the classifications obtained in all the curricular units performed. Alternatively, the candidate must submit a declaration of honour, declaring that he/she has completed the degree and/or the master's degree at the time of the application deadline;
  • For degrees obtained abroad, proof of recognition of academic degrees assigned by foreign higher education institutions and registration of the conversion of the final classification (GPA) to the Portuguese classification scale, or, alternatively, the candidate's declaration of honour declaring that he/she has obtained the recognition of the foreign degree equivalent to that of a degree and/or a master degree at the time the application deadline;
  • Proof of proficiency in Portuguese, if the candidate does not have Portuguese as a first language / Proof of proficiency in English, if the candidate does not have English as a first language. Alternatively, declaration of honour by the candidate;
  • Proof of research experience;
  • Motivation Letter.


Applicable legislation and regulations

Research Fellowship Holder Statutes, approved by Law no. 40/2004 of August 18, in its current version published by Decree-Law no. 123/2019 of august 28; Regulation of Scientific Research Fellowships of the University of Minho (RBIC), published in “Diário da República”, 2nd serie, no. 119, through dispatch no. 6524/2020 of 22-06-2020, ratified by ratification declaration no. 447/2021 of 22-06-2021 and Regulation of Research Studentships and Fellowships (RBI) of the Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P. - in force.


Research Field
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent
Research Field
Cultural studies
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent
Research Field
Communication sciences
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent

Applicants to the current call must comply with the following:

  • Be a national citizen or a citizen from other European Union Member States;
  • Be a citizen from third-party states;
  • Be a stateless citizen;
  • Be a citizen who may benefit from the political refugee status.


Applicants admissibility requirements

  • Hold a Degree and a Master’s Degree in Cultural Studies, Communication Sciences, and/or Sociology or related areas;
  • Previous experience working on research projects in the area of cultural policies that use the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data;
  • Proficient command of Portuguese and English.


Preferential requirements

  • Research experience using qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies for data collection, processing and analysis, namely uni and multivariate models and social network analysis (SNA);
  • Creation of models and application of statistical indicators;
  • Ability to operate with different quantitative and qualitative research software (especially SPSS and NVivo);
  • Experience in developing scientific dissemination activities for different audiences;
  • Experience in producing and reviewing scientific reports;
  • Publications as author or co-author.

Additional Information


The fellowship will take place for a period of 4 months and may, eventually, be renewed up to the applicable legal limit.

The value stipend (Monthly Maintenance Allowance) is 1144,64€ per month, in accordance with the stipends values published by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT I.P.) in the country (Annex I – Monthly Stipends Values for the maintenance allowances of the FCT Regulation for Research Studentships and Fellowships and Annex II of the Regulation of Scientific Research Fellowships of the University of Minho (RBIC), published in “Diário da República”, 2nd serie, no. 119, through dispatch no. 6524/2020 of 22-06-2020, ratified by ratification declaration no. 447/2021 of 22-06-2021), according to the applicable regulation.

Payment is made on the 23rd of each month, through bank transfer to the Bank Identification Number of the fellow identified in the contractualization process.


Benefits: Reimbursement of Voluntary Social Security (Social Security contributions), corresponding to the 1st level of discounts (for research grants with a total duration of 6 months or higher) and personal accident insurance.


Exclusivity regime: The grantee will perform the activities under exclusivity, as foreseen in article 5º of the Research Fellow Statutes and applicable regulations.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must comply with the eligibility conditions laid down in article 9 of the Research Grants Regulation of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (2019).



The academic degrees and diplomas documents, or their respective recognition when awarded by foreign higher education institutions are not mandatory in the application phase, being replaced by a declaration of honour of the candidate with the contents of academic results. The documents of academic qualification or respective recognition will be required in the contracting phase and must attest facts that occurred on a date prior to the application. In situations of divergence between the information contained in the declaration and the documentation submitted for contracting the grant, only the information contained in the latter will be considered. If the documents proving the ownership of the academic degree and diploma, or the respective recognition under the terms of Decree-Law No. 66/2018, of August 16, do not correspond to the classifications awarded in the evaluation of the academic path, which can change the candidate's ranking, the fellowship won’t be contracted.

Applicants with degrees obtained abroad must present proof of recognition of qualifications in Portugal and conversion of the final classification obtained in them to the Portuguese classification scale or declaration under the terms indicated in the previous point. For candidates who do not comply with one of these provisions, the selection panel will assign “0” in the grade of the graduation and/or master course. Candidates will be evaluated on the remaining parameters.

Selection process

The applications assessment will focus on the Candidate's Merit (MC), taking into account several subcriteria. The evaluation subcriteria to be used will be as follows:

  • a. Academic trajectory (which reflects the academic degree classifications), weighing 40 points;
  • b. Personal curriculum (which reflects the scientific and professional experience), weighing 40 points;
  • c. Motivation letter, weighing 20 points.


The Candidate Merit (MC) classification will be obtained by applying the following formula: MC = a + b + c


For further clarification, the two first classified may be subject to an Interview (ENT)(optional). In this case, for candidates who pass the interview phase, the Jury proceeds to assess the following subcriteria:

  • a. Interpersonal skills, weighing 30 points;
  • b. Knowledge demonstrated in the contest area, weighing 40 points;
  • c. Motivation, weighing 20 points;
  • d. Language skills, weighing 10 points.


The interview classification (ENT) will be obtained by applying the following formula:ENT = a + b + c + d


In the case of an interview, the final classification (CF) of the Candidate Merit (MC) and the Interview (ENT) will be obtained by applying the following formula: CF = (MC*0,7) + (ENT*0,3)


If the interview does not take place, the final classification (CF) will correspond to 100% of the evaluation obtained in the Candidate Merit (MC).


The jury may not attribute the fellowship if the quality of the candidates is inferior to that intended.


Jury composition

President of the Jury

Manuel Carlos Lobão de Araújo e Gama (Investigador Júnior, CECS, Universidade do Minho)

Effective Member

Maria Helena Costa Carvalho Sousa (Professora Catedrática, CECS, Universidade do Minho)

Mariana Lameiras de Sousa (Investigadora Auxiliar, CECS, Universidade do Minho)

Substitute Member

José Gabriel Oliveira Andrade Júnior (Professor Auxiliar, CECS, Universidade do Minho)

Rita Maria Gonçalves Ribeiro (Professora Auxiliar, CECS, Universidade do Minho)


The first effective member will substitute the President of the selection panel in case of impediment, being nominate the first substitute member in the place of the first effective member.


Reserve/substitute list: in case of cancellation of the fellowship, up to 6 months after its attribution, the vacancy(s) will be filled by the candidate(s) from the list of substitutes, according to the final ordering.

Additional comments

Publication of results: The final results of the evaluation will be publicized through a list sorted by the final grade obtained, posted in a visible and public place of the host institution, as well as by email to all candidates, attaching the minutes with the deliberations of the jury, within 90 working days after the deadline for submission of applications. The notification will be sent to the email address used by the applicants for the submission of the application/indicated in the application, with receipt of delivery of the notification.


Complaint and Appeal Procedures: After the notification, applicants have a period of 10 working days to produce their arguments at a prior hearing of interested parties, under Articles 121 and 122 following the Code of Administrative Procedure (CPA). A complaint may be filed against the final decision, within 15 working days, and addressed to the President of the Jury. Interested parties may also present an optional hierarchical appeal, addressed to the Pro-Rector for Research and Projects, Professor Dr Sandra Paiva.


Contract template and final report template: The granting of the fellowship takes place through the signing of a contract between the University of Minho and the grantee, in accordance with the draft contract (annexe IV of the Scientific Research Grant Regulation of the University of Minho in its updated version in accordance with point 2.4 (Version 2021).

Failure to deliver any of the documents necessary to complete the process of contracting the fellowship, within 6 months from the date of communication of the conditional decision to grant the fellowship, implies the expiry of the aforementioned concession and the closure of the process. 

The activities under the fellowship contract can only began after proper authorization by the contracting entity.

Without prejudice to the other causes provided for in the applicable fellowship regulations (FCT and UMinho) and in the Research Fellowship Statute, the fellowship ends with the conclusion of the contracted work plan, as well as with the end of the period for which it was granted or renewed. At the end of the fellowship, the fellowship holder is obliged to present the Final Report of the work carried out, in accordance with the objectives and evaluation criteria defined by the scientific advisor, within 30 days after the end of the fellowship. The final report must be prepared in accordance with Annex I of the Scientific Research Scholarships Regulation of the University of Minho - order No. 6524/2020 of 06-22-2020, amended by rectification declaration No. 447/2021 of 06-22 -2021. Contract template and final report template (link).

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CECS-Communication and Society Research Centre

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Campus de Gualtar
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4710-057 Braga