Early bird applications
> Applications: March 2 to April 3
> Interviews: on a rolling basis
> Posting of Results: April 20
> Registration: April 21 to 30

1st Phase
> Applications: April 21 to May 22
> Interviews: on a rolling basis
> Posting of Results: June 3
> Registration: June 4 to 17

2nd Phase
> Applications: June 4 to July 10
> Interviews: on a rolling basis
> Posting of Results: July 22
> Registration: July 23 to 31

Last Round
> Applications: August 31 (starting at 00:00:00) to September 4 (until 23:59:59)
> Interviews: on a rolling basis
> Results: September 9
> Registration: September 10 and 11

Admission Requirements:

  • BA and MA Degree preferably in a related field of studies (Humanities and Social Sciences);
  • English Language Certificate – minimum CEFR C1 (IELTS 7.0 minimum; TOEFL 100 + minimum 24 in all skills; Cambridge Advanced Certificate; Cambridge Proficiency) [taken after January 2018]
    • Candidates without Language Certificate can take a test at the Catholic University (result of minimum CEFR C1 required)
      • Cost: 150€
      • Dates: May 27 (written part) & May 29 (oral part); July 15 (written part) & July 17 (oral part).
  • Interview (interviews can be held through Skype).

Admission Interviews:

On a rolling basis.

Documents Required for Application:

  • Curriculum Vitae in English;
  • Motivation letter (max. 3.000 characters) introducing yourself to the Selection Committee, explaining why you have chosen this program and why you would be a good fit;
  • Preliminary research project (max. 15.000 characters);
  • Copy of identification document (Passport or ID card);
  • 1 Passport size photo [printed photo must be presented upon registration];
  • Vaccination record (tetanus vaccine updated) [to be presented upon registration];
  • Certificate of English proficiency (as per information in the Admission Requirements section above. Native speakers are exempt from this step);
  • Copy of Transcript of Records [original documents must be presented upon registration].

For degrees earned abroad, Transcripts and Certificates must be duly translated into Portuguese (if not in English, French, or Spanish), either by the institution that issued them or by a certified translator.

NOTE: Applicants may include other documents they consider relevant to the application.


To apply to the program, click HERE


Available online at the beginning of August. Seminars usually take place from 6.30pm to 9.30pm but some classes and activities may take place at an earlier time.

Tuition and Other Fees:

  • Application Fee: 120€
  • Registration and 1st month tuition: 220€ + 360€ (1st installment of payment plan referring to September)

[note: the fees above are non-refundable, except the 1st month tuition fee for students who are awarded an FCT scholarship]

  • Tuition fees for FIRST YEAR (5 installments per semester): 360€ per month
  • Subsequent annual registration fees: 220€
  • Tuition fees for SECOND, THIRD and FOURTH YEARS (5 installments per semester): 250€ per month

NOTE: All Fees may be subject to minor changes – they are usually updated every year in May.