For more information on how to apply, fees and payment options, please download our PhD_Application Guidelines_2017-2018


  • September 2017

Application Dates – Doctoral Program:

  • 1st Phase: from February 6 to June 7
  • 2nd Phase: from June 19 to July 24

Application Dates – FCT Scholarship:

  • from March 3 to July 24

Admission Requirements:

  • BA and MA Degree preferably in a related field of studies (Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • English Language Certificate (IELTS 7.0 minimum; TOEFL 100 + minimum 24 in all skills; Cambridge Advanced Certificate B; Cambridge Proficiency; CEFR B2/C1)
    • Candidates without Language Certificate can take a test at the Catholic University
      • Cost: 50€
      • Dates: 1st PHASE – written: June 1; oral: June 2 *** 2nd PHASE – written: July 24; oral: July 25
  • Interview (interviews can be held through Skype)

Admission Interviews:

On a rolling basis.

(Upon admittance to the program, candidates to the FCT scholarship will be invited for a second interview with the International Steering Committee. Date: TBA

Posting of Results – Doctoral Program:

  • 1st Phase: June 12, 2017
  • 2nd Phase: July 27, 2017

Registration and Enrollment:

  • 1st Phase: June 19-20, 2017
  • 2nd Phase: July 28 and 31, 2017

 Posting of Results – FCT Scholarship:

  • TBA

Documents Required for Application:

  • Application Form;
  • 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;
  • Abstract of preliminary research project (max. 15.000 characters);
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • 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 skills (except for native speakers);
  • Copy of Transcript of Records [original documents must be presented upon registration].

For degrees earned abroad, Transcripts and Certificates must duly translated into Portuguese (if not in English, French, or Spanish).

Candidates to the FCT scholarship also need to have their foreign degrees recognized/registered – the process will be done at Universidade Católica. For that purpose, candidates will also have to submit a digital copy of MA dissertation (PDF file).



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


Application Process:

Payment of Application Fee:

Payment may be made through bank transfer with the following reference:

BANK NAME: Millennium BCP

IBAN: PT50 0033 0000 0000 6812 0200 5


NOTE: any bank charges incurred are the responsibility of the Applicant.

National Candidates can pay the Application Fee through MB – Pagamento de Serviços. Please request a reference to Hugo Brandão

Start of Academic Year:

September 18, 2017


Available online at the beginning of August. All classes take place from 18h30 to 21h30, unless otherwise indicated

Tuition and Other Fees:

  • Application Fee: 90€ (if updated in May, the difference must be paid upon registration).
  • Registration and 1st enrollment: 200€ + 355€ (1st installment of payment plan referring to September)

[note: the fees above are non-refundable]

  • Tuition fees for FIRST YEAR (5 installments per semester): 355€ per month
  • Subsequent enrollment: 200€
  • Tuition fees for SECOND, THIRD and FOURTH YEARS (5 installments per semester): 235€ per month

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

Information Requests:

Prof. Dr. Diana Gonçalves

Executive Coordinator – Admissions and Academics

E-mail: |


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