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Postdoctoral research fellowship: HINT_BIPD2022_1

CECS-Communication and Society Research Centre

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CECS-Communication and Society Research Centre
Communication Sciences (University of Minho, Portugal) - -
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Offer Description

The University of Minho (UM) opens a call for the attribution of 1 Postdoctoral research fellowship, reference no HINT_BIPD2022_1, in the area of History, 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 Fellowship will be funded by Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), under the scope of the “Humanity Internationalized: Cases, Dynamics, Comparisons (1945-1980)” Project, reference no. PTDC/HAR-HIS/6257/2020.

The research activities will take place at the Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS), University of Minho, Campus Gualtar, Portugal, and also, regularly in national archives (namely National Archives – Torre do Tombo, Historical-Overseas Archives and Historical-Diplomatic Archives), under the scientific orientation of the Doctor José Pedro Pinto Monteiro.


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

  • Research in national archives;
  • Support for project management and organization tasks;
  • Participation in initiatives to discuss project results and their dissemination in national and international conferences;
  • Original scientific production on topics related to the scientific objectives of the project, individually and in collaboration.


The Call runs between 14 November and 07 December, 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 “HINT_BIPD2022_1”. 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 organized according to the evaluation criteria;
  • Certificate of the PhD Degree, 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 PhD in this call, 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 PhD Degree required in this call, 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, a declaration of honour by the candidate;
  • Motivation Letter (2 pages maximum).


Applicable legislation and regulations

Research Fellowship Statute (EBI), approved by Law No. 40/2004 of August 18, in the current wording published by Decree-Law No. 123/2019 of August 28; the ruling FCT Regulation for Fellowships (RBI), and the University of Minho Regulation of Scientific Research Fellowships (RBIC) of the University of Minho published in Diário da República n.º 199/2020, series 2, of June 22, 2020 (dispatch n.º 6524/2020).


Research Field
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent

The Postdoctoral research fellowship is intended for PhD candidates in the field of History or similar, who cumulatively fulfil the following requirements:

  • Hold a PhD degree obtained in the three years prior to the date of submission of the fellowship application;
  • Have carried out the research work that led to the attribution of a doctoral degree in an institution other than the host institution (Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS));
  • Do not exceed, with the conclusion of the contract in question, including possible renewals, an accumulated period of three years in this type of fellowship, consecutive or interpolated.

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 PhD Degree in History or similar;
  • Hold a PhD degree obtained in the three years prior to the date of submission of the fellowship application;
  • Have carried out the research work that led to the attribution of a doctoral degree in an institution other than the host institution (Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS)).
  • Proficiency in Portuguese and English.


Candidates who do not cumulatively meet the requirements described will be excluded.

Preferential requirements

  • Specialization in contemporary history, colonial history or international history;
  • Archival research experience in national and international archives;
  • Scientific production in the sub-disciplinary areas of international history, transnational history or colonial and imperial history.



Additional Information


The fellowship will last for 6 months and may, eventually, be renewed up to the applicable legal limit.

The fellowship amount, paid monthly by bank transfer to the account identified by the candidate, corresponds to 1 646,00€, according to the FCT fellowships table, available at

Benefits: Reimbursement of Voluntary Social Insurance (SSV), corresponding to the 1st echelon of the contributory base (for fellowships lasting 6 months or more) 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

Candidates must meet the eligibility conditions provided for in article 9 of the FCT Regulation for Fellowships (RBI).



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

  • a. Academic path (which reflects the academic degree rankings) (0 to 20 points);
  • b. Personal curriculum (which reflects the scientific and professional path) (0 to 60 points);
  • c. Motivation letter (0 to 20 points).


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


The three candidates with the best scores may be subject to an Interview (ENT), in which the Jury will assess the following subcriteria:

  • a. Interpersonal skills (0 to 20 points);
  • b. Knowledge demonstrated in the contest area (0 to 40 points);
  • c. Motivation (0 to 20 points);
  • d. Language skills (0 to 20 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*0,8) + (ENT*0,2)


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

José Pedro Pinto Monteiro (Investigador, CECS, Universidade do Minho)

Effective Members

Miguel Bandeira de Carvalho Jerónimo (Professor Associado, Universidade de Coimbra)

Ana Filipa dos Santos Guardião (Investigadora, Universidade de Florença)

Substitute Member

Isabel Moreira Macedo (Investigadora, CECS, Universidade do Minho)


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, 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 begin 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
Postal Code
4710-057 Braga
Campus de Gualtar

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Campus de Gualtar
Postal Code
4710-057 Braga