Doctoral Program

Doctoral Program

How to Apply

Applications Calendar 2019/2020:

First Phase
Vacancies Announcement
Application period
February 04 to March 29
April 01 to April 05
Evaluation Process April 06 to April 30
Sealing of ranking lists and approval by the OU´s board of directorsMay 02
May 03 to May 06
Second Phase
Vacancies Announcement 12
Application period April 01 to July 15
ValidationJuly 16 to July 22
Evaluation Process July 23 to August 14
Sealing of ranking lists and approval by the OU´s board of directorsAugust 23
Enrollment/Registration August 26 to 02 September
Third Phase
Vacancies Announcement 1 + Remaining places from previous phases
Application period August 19 to September 06
ValidationSeptember 09 to September 11
Evaluation ProcessSeptember 12 to October 02
Sealing of ranking lists and approval by the OU´s board of directors October 03
Enrollment/RegistrationOctober 04 to October 10
Extra Phase 
Vacancies AnnouncementRemaining places from previous phases
Application periodOctober 14 to October 31
ValidationNovember 04 to November 06
Evaluation ProcessNovember 07 to November 26
Sealing of ranking lists and approval by the OU´s board of directorsNovember 27
Enrollment/RegistrationNovember 28 to December 04

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 subjected 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!