Doctoral Program

Doctoral Program

How to Apply

Applications Calendar 2017/2018:

First Phase
Vacancies Announcement
Until 15th January
Application period
15th January to 31st March
03rd April to 5th April
Evaluation Process 06th April to 27th April
Sealing of ranking lists and approval by the OU´s board of directors28th April
29th April to 08th May
Second Phase
Vacancies Announcement Until 015th January
Application period 01st April to 15th July
Validation 17th July to 21st July
Evaluation Process 22nd July to 04th August
Sealing of ranking lists and approval by the OU´s board of directors 16th August
Enrollment/Registration 17th August to 26th August
Third Phase
Vacancies Announcement Until 15th January
Application period 24th August to 05th September
Validation06th September to 11th September
Evaluation Process 12th September to 03rd October
Sealing of ranking lists and approval by the OU´s board of directors 04th October
Enrollment/Registration 05th October to 10th October
Extra Phase 
Vacancies AnnouncementUntil 15th January
Application period15th October to 31st October
Validation02nd November to 06th November
Evaluation Process07th November to 27th November
Sealing of ranking lists and approval by the OU´s board of directors28th November
Enrollment/Registration29th November to 04th December

What do I need to do to apply?

Application requirements

The following candidates may apply to the program:

a) MsC graduates with a background in Information Science and Technology;

b) BSc graduates with an excellent scientific/academic curriculum in the area of this Doctoral Program.

Where do I apply?

Applications are online.

Click on this link. You will be redirected to a website called "inforestudante", where you will have to register in order to start your application. If you need any help in this process please contact us.

Necessary Documents
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of diplomas/Certificates with detailed info on  courses and final average grades for the BSc and MSc.
  • Electronic copy of Identity card OR Passport
  • Two Reference Letters (Template) which must be sent by the recommenders to the following email: candidaturas@uc.pt, clearly saying the name of the candidate and the Program he/she is applying to. 
  • Subject: Reference Letter/Carta de Referência
  • Motivation Letter (Written by the candidate)
  • GRE/TOEFL Test results (optional)*

Note1: Foreign students accepted in the Program must validate their certificates in a Legal Portuguese Representative in their country before enrolling in the Program.

Note2: All Candidates will be submitted to an interview prior to the final selection, conducted by phone or skype.

Agreements with Austin, MIT and CMU.

PhD Scholarships

There may be scholarships available in the framework of projects of the Research Centre (CISUC) for students accepted in the first year of our PhD Program. Applications for these scholarships will only be available to accepted students as soon as admission results are out.

For More Information:

Web: http://phd.dei.uc.pt
Email: coord-phd [at] dei.uc.pt
Tel: +351.239 790 000


*GRE- Graduate Record Examination

TOEFL- Test of English as a Foreign Language

Although not mandatory, the GRE General Test and TOEFL tests are advised. Your scores must be sent directly to the University of Coimbra.You can register for these tests at the ETS registration site.  In Portugal the GRE and TOEFL tests can be taken at Universidade Lusofona de Humanidades e Tecnologias in Lisbon.

Note about GRE/TOEFL: If you haven’t done these tests before you should prepare for them. It’s highly advisable that you solve a number of practice tests before. The score you get on the first tests is typically low, but it highly increases after some practice. Get ready!