CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FCT Scholarships (2018-2019)

The International Doctoral Program in Culture Studies at the Lisbon Consortium (INTDCS), funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), hereby announces the opening of a call for applications for 7 full fellowships (3 national grants and 4 mixed grants) in the academic year 2018-2019, in accordance with FCT’s Research Fellowship Holder Statute ( and FCT’s Regulation for Research Studentships and Fellowships ( The Steering Committee of the Program will be responsible for selecting the candidates who will be awarded the grants. Grant Agreements will be signed directly between the selected candidates and FCT.

The international PhD program in Culture Studies offers a joint doctoral degree by three top tiered European universities in Portugal (School of Human Sciences, Catholic University of Portugal), Germany (International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture, Justus-Liebig University Giessen) and Denmark (Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen).

The program speaks to an innovative approach to the study of culture that works across disciplines in the social sciences and humanities and aims at fostering a research-intensive environment that is simultaneously collaborative and promotes practice and art-based projects. As part of a tri-national network, students will benefit from up to two semesters at one of the partner institutions.


Culture Studies


The period of applications will open on April 4 and run through June 1.


Applicants are eligible provided they have been accepted into the Doctoral Program in Culture Studies of the Lisbon Consortium and comply with the following:

– National grants: Portuguese citizens or foreign citizens;

– Mixed grants: Portuguese citizens or foreign citizens who are able to prove habitual or permanent residence in Portugal upon application;

– Holders of MA degree or recognized equivalent upon application [foreign MA degrees must be recognized/registered. The process needs to be concluded upon application – for more information, please consult:];

– Very good academic performance;

– Excellent CV;

– Sufficient undergraduate training to do graduate work in the chosen field or relevant professional experience;

– Have not previously received an identical type of FCT-funded fellowship for the same purpose;

– Competence in English (IELTS 7.0 minimum; TOEFL 100 + minimum 24 in all skills; Cambridge Advanced Certificate B; CEFR C1). Certificate attained in the last 2 years.


The grant is awarded for a 12-month period, renewable up to a maximum of 4 years, and includes a monthly maintenance stipend and a tuition fee stipend, in accordance with the current FCT stipend scheme ( It cannot be awarded for less than 3 consecutive months.

Grants awarded within this call cannot start before September 2018.



Applications should be sent by e-mail to or by registered mail to:

International Doctoral Program in Culture Studies
The Lisbon Consortium
Faculdade de Ciências Humanas
Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Palma de Cima
1649-023 Lisboa


Applications must include the following documents:

Application Form;

– Transcript of records;

– MA degree certified by the awarding institution (foreign MA degrees must be recognized/registered);

– Copy of identification document (Passport or ID card);

– Detailed CV;

– A personal statement indicating the student’s motivation and interest in the program (max. 3.000 characters);

– Abstract of a preliminary research project (max. 15.000 characters);

– Indication of Supervisor (only if possible);

– Certificate of English proficiency (except for native speakers).


[Please consult the Lisbon Consortium PhD Application Guidelines here for further information]


Proceedings for the awarding of fellowships will be based on the following selection criteria:

– Stage 1: Analysis of academic and scientific curriculum;

– Stage 2: Interview (in person or by videoconference) with the international Steering Committee.


The ranking of admissions will be established on a 0-100 points scale, according to the following percentage breakdown:

  • Academic excellence (track record) – 40%
  • Academic potential (interview) – 20%
  • Motivation, innovation and professional skills (research statement) – 25%
  • English language skills – 15%


– Professor Dr. Isabel Capeloa Gil

– Professor Dr. Frederik Tygstrup

– Professor Dr. Ansgar Nünning

– Professor Dr. Alexandra Lopes

– Professor Dr. Peter Hanenberg


Results will be sent to all candidates by e-mail and will also be available on the Program’s website at If the decision is unfavorable, applicants have a period of 10 working days to submit their comments, under the terms established in the Administrative Procedure Code. The final decision can be appealed to the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, within 15 working days of its notification.


The scholarships awarded under this contract will be financed by funds from the State Budget of the MCTES (Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Ensino Superior)/FCT and, when eligible, by funds from the European Social Fund through the Programas Operacionais during the period 2014-2020, from Portugal 2020, namely, the Programa Operacional Temático do Capital Humano, the Programa Operacional Regional do Norte, do Centro or do Alentejo, in accordance with the provisions of their specific regulations.

For more information please contact us at:

International Doctoral Program in Culture Studies
The Lisbon Consortium
Faculdade de Ciências Humanas
Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Palma de Cima
1649-023 Lisboa
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