Call for applications 2019/2020


The International FCT Doctoral Programme in Comparative Studies (PhD-COMP) will be accepting applications to fill 10 places for the academic year 2019/2020.

5 doctoral scholarships (DS) will also be available.

Applications open 10th February and close 10th June 2019.

Candidates for the PhD-COMP programme who do not wish to apply for the scholarship should make this clear in their cover letter.

Detailed information concerning the study plan and organisation of the PhD course can be consulted here:

Should candidates have any further doubts or questions, they can send them to the following address:

Application Requirements

Candidates should have the following:

  1. A Master’s Degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences;
  2. In the absence of (1), another academic qualification (Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree) combined with a CV considered by the Directive Board of PhD-COMP to be both relevant and suited to advanced research in the field of Comparative Studies;
  3. A working knowledge of three languages (including English).

Application Procedure

The application procedure is carried out exclusively online, through the Applications Portal of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon.

As part of this procedure, candidates must submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter (in English);
  2. Detailed CV (in English) dated, and containing the candidate’s e-mail address;
  3. Transcripts of diplomas or degrees with final grades;
    N.B. According to the Decree 66/2018, of 16th August, candidates with degrees awarded by foreign institutions of higher education may be admitted in this call, but in order to be graded in the items considered in the Curricular Evaluation (CE), the candidate MUST present, in the application process, the certificates of all degrees, providing the final classification and the conversion of the respective grades into the Portuguese system of grading. Therefore, candidates should provide the certificate of recognition of BA and/or MA degrees awarded by foreign institutions of higher education as well as the conversion of the respective grades into the Portuguese system of grading; these certificates of recognition and conversion must be obtained from the Portuguese Directorate-General of Higher Education or from a recognised public institution of higher education in Portugal. Affected candidates should contact the Directorate-General of Higher Education ( or the Rectory of the University of Lisbon (
  4. Preliminary research proposal (maximum 5 pages, in English);
  5. Sample paper written in the course of academic study (maximum 20 pages; in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French or Italian);
  6. Identification data, as stated in official ID document.

Further details can be found in the Call for Applications.