PhD Research Scholarships

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    Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    26/11/2021 23:00 - Europe/London
    Portugal › Lisboa


  1. Tender open for the award of 2 Scholarship for PhD students. These scholarships will be financed by the Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P. («FCT») under a collaborative protocol between the FCT and the CEC (UIDP/00019/2020). The scholarships awarded under this call will be financed by funds from the State Budget of the Ministry of Education and Science, in accordance with the provisions of the applicable Specific Regulation.
  1. The grants are awarded for a period of one year and are renewable up to a total of four years. The work may take place entirely or partially in the CEC of the University of Lisbon.


  1. Applications must be submitted between 01 November and 26 November 2021. Applications must be written in Portuguese or English and submitted via e-mail to the following address: centro.classicos@letras.ulisboa.pt. Documents supporting the application should be scanned and attached to the electronic application. Applications submitted by any other means will not be accepted. Applications must include the following documents: • Details included on your identity card, citizen card, or passport; • A full curriculum vitae; • Certificates of all academic qualifications obtained on which the applicant intends to base their application, with a final average, and, if possible, grades of all subjects taken, or, alternatively, a declaration from the candidate that they will be awarded the relevant academic degree(s) before the deadline for the submission of applications; • Registration of recognition of the academic degree(s) and diploma(s) awarded by foreign higher education institutions and registration of the conversion of the final classification for the Portuguese classification scale, or, alternatively, a declaration from the candidate that they will obtain the recognition of the relevant academic degree(s) before the deadline for the submission of applications; • A motivation letter (max.: 1,000 words); • Two letters of recommendation; • A description of the research project that the candidate plans to develop, with timeline (3,000-5,000 words).


  1. The PhD program in Classical Studies of the School of Humanities of the University of Lisbon is a cycle of studies with 240 ECTS that includes a first year with four seminars and three years for the completion of the thesis; in the first year, scholarship holders will be supervised by the Director of Studies and/or by Tutors; from the beginning of the second year, scholarship holders are supervised by their PhD supervisor(s). In the description of their research project, applicants should include a brief account of the state of research, justify the relevance of the proposed research activities, provide a list of relevant sources and bibliography, explain how the proposed research activities align with the objectives of the research activities of the CEC, and attach a timeline. Candidates may include further information that they consider relevant for the application.

For application purposes, diplomas, certificates and transcripts need not be submitted. In lieu, a statement of compliance is required (see below Website for additional job details). Official transcripts must be submitted prior to the signing of the contract.

Fellowships applicants must show that they meet the necessary conditions to enrol in the program leading to the attainment of the requested academic degree. Proof of acceptance will be required prior to the signing of the contract.

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Stipend in accordance to the Portuguese Science Foundation salary scale (https://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/docs/RegulamentoBolsasFCT2019.pdf), paid by bank transfer.

Insurance costs (Seguro Social Voluntário and Seguro de Acidentes Pessoais) are supported by the employer.

Acceptance of the fellowship is exclusive of any other professional or research activity (Art. 5 of the Research Fellowship Holder Statute).

Eligibility criteria

The following applicants are eligible:

a) Portuguese citizens or citizens of other Member States of the European Union;

b) Citizens of other countries ;

c) Stateless persons;

d) Political refugees.

Candidates for these research scholarships must satisfy the following conditions: 1. They must be students enrolled, or students who wish to enroll, in the PhD program in Classical Studies at the University of Lisbon; 2. They must be Portuguese citizens, citizens of EU member states and citizens from third-party states, stateless citizens, and citizens beneficiaries of political refugee status; 3. They should reside habitually in Portugal, if the work plan associated with the scholarship involves work partly carried out at foreign institutions; 4. They should not have held any prior FCT-funded PhD or been the beneficiary of a PhD scholarship in an organization directly funded by the FCT.

Selection process

1. Assessment will consider the merit of the candidate and the merit of the research project. Applications will be scored on a scale of 0 to 20, considering the following parameters and their respective weighting: a) merit of the candidate (50%); the Committee will assess the quality of the Curriculum Vitae submitted taking into account the following sub-criteria: (i) final grades of the academic degrees (30%); and (ii) personal curriculum (20%); b) merit of the research project (50%); the Committee will assess the quality of the research projects submitted considering the following sub-criteria: (i) relevance (10%); (ii) scientific quality of the state of the art and methodology (30%); (iii) practicability (10%). Research projects will be valued if they demonstrate a relevant contribution to one of the following teams of the CEC: 1. Classical Texts and Transmission (current themes: Greek mythography and Flavian poetry); 2. On the way to Byzantium: Late Greek Literature; 3. Epigraphica: Epigraphy and Linguistics; 4. Medievalia: Late Antique and Medieval poetry, historiography, hagiography and documentation; 5. Sinica: Portuguese and Latin Documentation on Asia (16th to 18th centuries); 6. Humanistica: Humanism and Literature in Portugal; 7. Episteme: Scientific Culture in Portugal in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; 8. Portuguese Women Writers and the Classics. The assessment of each applicant's merit may include individual interviews, in person or using telematic means; if made, the interviews will not have an autonomous score, serving the purpose of clarifying any doubts and contributing to a rigorous assessment of the parameters listed above. If no valid degree certificates or duly recognized by Portuguese authorities are submitted with the application, the classification to be given to sub-criterion A1 will be zero (A1 = 0).






2. Disclosure of results. The results of the assessment will be communicated to applicants by e-mail. The minutes of the Selection Committee meeting(s) will be available for consultation. Those applicants not selected to receive a grant have 10 working days after the publication of the results in which to request a hearing, according to the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Code. Complaints against the final decision can be made to FCT within 15 working days of the respective notification, or alternatively, an appeal may be lodged to the FCT, within 30 working days, both counted from the respective notification. Applicants who choose to submit a complaint should address their pronunciation to the member of the FCT Board of Directors with delegated competence. Applicants who choose to submit an appeal must address it to the FCT Board of Directors.



Additional comments

Selection Committee. Chair: Maria Cristina de Castro-Maia de Sousa Pimentel, Full Professor, FLUL; Members: Rodrigo Miguel Correia Furtado, Associate Professor, FLUL; Bernardo Machado Mota, Associate Professor, FLUL; Paulo Jorge Farmhouse Simões Alberto, Full Professor, FLUL; Ana María Sanchez Tarrío, Associate Professor, FLUL. Applications will be assessed by the first three members of the committee, except in situations where a conflict of interests occurs; no member of the committee will assess or rank an application that is submitted by someone whom they will supervise.


Final decisions must be announced within 90 weekdays of the application deadline and up to 60 weekdays after the end of the query and complaint deadline.


This grant is regulated by:

Portuguese Research Fellow Charter/Estatuto do Bolseiro de Investigação Científica (Lei Nº. 40/2004, Decreto-Lei n.º 123/2019, Decreto-Lei n.º 89/2013, Decreto-Lei n.º 233/2012, and Lei n.º 12/2013); Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia Fellowship Bylaws / Regulamento de Bolsas de Investigação da Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, IP (2019) and Universidade de Lisboa Fellowship Bylaws /Regulamento de Bolsas da Universidade de Lisboa (Despacho nº 6238/2020).

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Centro de Estudos Clássicos
Alameda da Universidade

EURAXESS offer ID: 686968


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