The International FCT PhD Programme in Comparative Studies (PhD-COMP) is a joint programme involving four institutions: the Programme in Comparative Studies (PEC) and the Centre for Comparative Studies (CEC), both based at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, and the Universities of Leuven and Bologna. It aims to offer advanced international training in Comparative Studies building on an innovative articulation between research, mobility and pedagogical activities.

The Programme is based on two key principles: 1) the effective integration of students in the research undertaken by the CEC’s research groups and projects; 2) the internationalisation of their training experience by means of an international teaching staff, a mixed supervision structure, and student and faculty mobility. It is a Doctoral Programme funded by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT) and offers 5 PhD Scholarships per edition.

The funded FCT programme started in the academic year 2015/2016, and had five editions. It has admitted a total of 27 students, 25 of whom secured PhD-COMP scholarships.

As of the academic year 2020/2021, the PhD in Comparative Studies at the University of Lisbon will continue as a doctoral course offered in close connection with the Centre for Comparative Studies.

All information is now available at the Programme in Comparative Studies.

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