PhD students supported by the EARTHSYSTEMS grants, will be enrolled in one of the following PhD Programs at the University of Lisbon: Geophysical and Geoinformation Sciences, Geology, or Marine Sciences, depending on their background and research interests.

Selection of candidates

Students will be selected by a multidisciplinary committee, considering 3 main criteria:
1) Academic CV
2) Motivation letter
3) Personal interview

What is essential to include in your CV and application

Applications may be sent via e-mail to  with: (1) The CV must include final marks in degrees completed, a list of marks in individual courses and a list of publications if they exist as well as a scan of all the diplomas + certificates; (2) The motivation letter must indicate the preferred area of work, with reference to at least 3 of the proposed research topics, ordered by preference and at least two supporting references. The committee will interview a selected number of candidates.
Note that Academic degrees awarded by non-Portuguese institutions will only be accepted if recognized by the Portuguese Government, through the “Direção Geral do Ensino Superior”, or by any Portuguese Public University, according with applicable laws, namely Decree-Law 341/2007, 12th  October, and Decree-Law 283/83, 21 June.


Grants offered by the EARTHSYSTEMS program abide to the rules and values set by FCT. These grants are intended for individuals who meet the requirements set forth in Statute of the Scientific Research Fellowship, in accordance with Law 40/2004, of 18 August, as amended and republished by Decree-Law No. 202/2012 of 27 August, and as amended by Decree-Law No. 233/2012 of 29 October and by Law No. 12/2013, of January 29, and Decree-Law No. 89/2013 of 9 July; And also by the FCT, I.P. Fellowships Regulation, in force ( and FCiências.ID Fellowship Regulation, as approved on 23rd February 2017.

Communication of the results of the call

The results of the selection process will be communicated via email to all candidates, and the list of approved applicants will be available at In the case of an unfavorable award decision (i.e. for applicants not selected to receive grants), the applicant has a period of 10 days after disclosure, to be heard by the Selection Committee, by request of a preliminary hearing, following the rules set by the Portuguese “Código do Procedimento Administrativo”. The final decision may be appealed to the Directive Board of the FCT, within 15 days after the respective notification.