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The call is open between December 28th, 2017 and February 12th, 2018.

Eligible applicants

The call is open to the following candidates: a) Portuguese citizens or citizens of other European Union countries; b) citizens of third countries living in Portugal in the terms laid out by Law Nr. 23/2007, July 4th, modified by Law Nr. 29/2012, August 9th; c) citizens of third countries with which Portugal has reciprocity agreements; and d) citizens of other countries provided that the candidate undergoes a panel interview.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have cumulatively:

  • Master's degree or equivalent or a 5-year graduate diploma with scientific or professional experience;
  • above average diploma classification or research and professional skills;
  • proficiency in English (oral and written).

Application procedure

The applications should be submitted by electronic mail accompanied with the following documents (in English):

  • detailed curriculum vitae (CV);
  • application form and structured CV as in the EXCEL form available in the SUSFOR website;
  • degrees’ certificates with official transcripts of records and other relevant documents of the academic path;
  • statement of future career objectives and relation with the selected priority research areas of the doctoral programme;
  • contacts from two persons who know the academic/professional path of the applicant and that will be contacted if additional information on the candidate will be needed;
  • a statement of acceptance of a potential remote interview.

Applicants with an academic degree obtained abroad must submit a document from the Direção-Geral do Ensino Superior, or from a public Portuguese University with the degree recognition/equivalence and conversion of the final grades to the Portuguese classification scale, whenever there is a final classification (Law nr. 341/2004, from October 12th) or, instead, a document from a public Portuguese University with the recognition or equivalence of academic qualifications (Law nr. 283/83, from June 21st).

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The applications must be sent to the electronic address of the Doctoral Programme ( with the subject SUSFOR2017 Application.

Selection will be made in two phases with the following criteria:

1st phase: curricular evaluation

  • Quality of the academic path;
  • Research experience (e.g. publications, and contracts or grants in research projects, expressed as the annual average after completing MSc), and/or Professional career (e.g. work in public or private institutions or NGO’s relevant for the SUSFOR topics, expressed per year after completing MSc);
  • Quality of the applicant’s statement in relation to the selected priority areas;
  • Overall fit to the doctoral programme and namely to the selected priority areas.

Each criteria will be classified 1 to 5, and a first step score (C1) given by a weighed average with the following weights: A: 30%, B: 30%, C: 20%, D: 20%. A ranked list of the 12 candidates with the best C1 classification will be prepared to proceed to the 2nd phase of selection.

2nd phase: interview
A classification from 1 to 5 (C2) will be given as a result of an interview and the information given by the endorsement persons (if necessary).

The final score (CF) combines the first and second step scores with the following weights: C1 70%, C2 30%.

Publicizing and notification

The final evaluation results in the form of a ranked list will be made public by posting at Instituto Superior de Agronomia and website address All the candidates will be notified by electronic mail.

In the case of an unfavorable grant award decision, the applicants have a period of 10 work days after disclosure, to appeal as a preliminary hearing, following the Portuguese "Código do Procedimento Administrativo". After the final decision, an appeal to Fundação para a Ciência e a
Tecnologia, I.P. can be made within 15 work days after notification.

Please read the Notice of Call


Notice of Call SUSFOR 2017

Application Form SUSFOR

Structured CV Form