Research Grants no. 3/2021 and 4/2021

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    NOVA School of Law
    Juridical sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    08/09/2021 23:00 - Europe/London
    Portugal › Lisbon


In accordance with article 8 of the Research Grants Regulations of the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia ("FCT"), and in the context of the activity of the Knowledge Centre WhatNext.Law, created through a partnership between NOVA School of Law and VdA - Vieira de Almeida, Sociedade de Advogados, SP, R.L. ("VdA"), a call for applications is hereby launched for the award of Research Grants ("Bolsas de Investigação" – “BI”) to master's degree students at NOVA School of Law to be funded by this entity, under the following terms:


Type of Grants: Research Grants aimed at carrying out R&D activities, and aimed at consolidating scientific training through the development of research work leading to the award of a Master's degree in Law.


Number of scholarships: Two Research Grants.


Duration: The BI has a duration of six (6) months, with no possibility of renewal.


Fellowship components: Fellows are entitled to a monthly maintenance allowance of EUR 835.98 (eight hundred thirty-five euros and ninety-eight cents), which will be paid monthly by bank transfer. Where the work schedule does not cover a full month, the monthly maintenance allowance for that month shall be proportionate to the number of days covered. No allowances are due, in any case, for food, holidays, Christmas or any other allowances that are not expressly mentioned in the grant contract.


Eligibility Conditions: Students enrolled at NOVA School of Law who, at the time of application, are attending the 2nd Cycle of Studies at NOVA School of Law.


Evaluation Criteria and Parameters: The evaluation will be based on the following criteria

(a) Academic and professional background (40%);

b) Merit of the proposed work plan (30%);

c) Relation with the activities and goals pursued by WhatNext.Law Centre and degree of contribution to the research themes developed in each moment by the same (30%).


Activities arising from the BI:

a) Elaboration of the Master's thesis;

b) Preparation of one or more scientific articles, based on the thesis, to be published by WhatNext.Law Centre;

c) Presenting the main conclusions of the thesis in an event organized by WhatNext.Law Centre or in an entity associated or indicated by WhatNext.Law Centre;

d) Elaboration of one or more short articles (in a blog format), on one or more topics of the thesis, to be published in Centro WhatNext.Law website;

e) Realization of a training action based on the thesis to entities associated or indicated by the WhatNext.Law Centre.

The above mentioned activities must be carried out during the period of duration of the BI, without prejudice to the grantee's commitment to complete those activities after the end of the BI.


Publicity and deadline for submission of applications: The present Call for Applications is publicised in the website and facilities of NOVA School of Law and in the CEDIS website, as well as in the EURAXESS Portal, for a minimum period of 10 working days from the date of this publication. Applications may be submitted from 23 August 2021 and the deadline for submission ends on 8 September 2021.


Supporting documents: Applications must be accompanied by the following documents:

a) Documents proving that the candidate meets the conditions of eligibility, namely proof of enrolment and registration in the 2nd Cycle of Studies at NOVA School of Law;

b) Declaration of the supervisor(s) assuming responsibility for the supervision of the work plan, in accordance with article 5-A of the Research Grant Holder Statute;

c) Updated Curriculum Vitae;

d) Transcript of grades of the undergraduate degree and of the teaching part of the Master's degree, at the date of submission of the application;

e) Thesis project and work plan.


The document mentioned in paragraph b) above is not a mandatory requirement for the application submission. However, it must be submitted prior to the signing of the Scholarship Contract, otherwise this agreement will not be signed.


Applicants who, after the results are available, are eligible to sign the scholarship contract, must submit a copy of their civil, fiscal and, if applicable, social security identification document(s) and, if applicable, a document proving their country of residence, residence permit or other legally equivalent document, if applicable, valid at the starting date of the scholarship, otherwise this agreement will not be signed.


Submission of Applications: Applications should be submitted on time and with all supporting documents, under penalty of being preliminarily rejected, to the email concurso.bolsas@cedis.fd.unl.pt, with the subject "Bolsas de Investigação n.º 3/2021 e 4/2021".


Selection: The selection of candidates will be made by the following Jury:

President: Professor Doctor Athina Sachoulidou

Member: Professor Doctor Fabrizio Esposito

Member: Master Tiago Bessa

Substitute: Professor Doctor Miguel de Azevedo Moura

If the Jury deems it necessary, interviews may be held with the candidates.


Hearing of interested parties: In accordance with article 124, no. 1, al. a), of the Code of Administrative Procedure, the hearing of interested parties is waived in this competition, due to the urgency of the selection decision.


Form of publication/notification of results: The final results of the evaluation will be publicized through a list ordered alphabetically, posted in a visible and public place of the NOVA School of Law, on the CEDIS website, and on the website of the WhatNext.Law Centre, and candidates will be notified by email.


Model contract and final reports: The model grant contract to be adopted is provided in Annex I. Annexes II and III are models of final reports to be submitted by the grant holder and the scientific advisor respectively, under the terms of the contract.


Applicable legal norms: Statute of the Research Grant Holder, approved by Law no. 40/2004, of 18 of August, altered and republished by Decree-Law no. 202/2012, of 27 of August and by Law no. 12/2013, of 29 of January, by Decree-Law no. 89/2013, of 9 of July and by Decree-Law no. No. 233/2012, of 29 October, and by Decree-Law No. 123/2019, of 28 August (available at https://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/estatutobolseiro), Research Grants Regulations of the Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P. - 2019 (available at https://dre.pt/application/conteudo/127238533)


Other information: for clarifications or information requests, send email to cedis@novalaw.unl.pt or contact 21 384 74 66, between 10h-12h and 15h-17h.


It is the grant recipients' duty to punctually comply with the guidelines established by the scientific advisor, to inform the WhatNext.Law Centre of the occurrence of any fact that justifies the suspension of the grant and to timely prepare a final report assessing the programme of activities developed with the grant awarded.

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NOVA School of Law
Campus de Campolide, Lisbon

EURAXESS offer ID: 672612


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