The call is intended for individuals who meet the requirements set forth in Law nº 74/2006, March 24th, article nº1, modified by Decree-Law nº 107/2008, June 25th, and Decree-Law nº 230/2009, September 14th.

Scholarships granted under the present Call will be funded with allocations from the State Budget of the Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education and, when eligible, with allocations from the European Social Fund, to be made available under PORTUGAL2020, which covers European Union structural assistance for the period 2014-2020, namely through the Human Capital Operational Programme (PO CH) in accordance with the regulatory provisions set for that purpose.

The assigned scholarships are mixed, i.e, up to half of the scholarship period will be developed in the foreign institutions that are part of the Doctoral Program consortium: Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain), Federal University of Bahia (Brazil), Katopodis Ecohydraulics (Canada), Boku University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Austria) and Klagenfurt Environmental Consultants/Nature consult Egger (Austria), or other foreign institutions, if necessary. Each PhD student will have an international scientific council for supervision.

Each PhD scholarship is granted for periods of 1 year, renewable up to 4 years. The duration of the doctoral course is 4 years (to complete the PhD Thesis). The first year is dedicated to courses training and Seminar. The second, third and fourth years are devoted to research activities, data analyses, and thesis writing.

The scholarship is dependent on the reception of the compulsory documentation from the applicant and financial support from the funding institution.