Doctoral Program

Doctoral Program

How to Apply

Applications Calendar 2021/2022:

First Phase
Application period
01 to 30 April
03 to 07 May
Evaluation Process 10 to 14 May
Sealing of ranking lists and approval by the OU´s board of directors01 June
02 to 09 June
Second Phase
Application period01 June to 16 July
Validation19 to 23 July
Evaluation Process 26 to 30 July
Sealing of ranking lists and approval by the OU´s board of directors03 September
Enrollment/Registration06 to 10 September
Third Phase
5+Remaining from previous application periods
Application period01 to 10 September
Validation13 to 16 September
Evaluation Process17 to 23 September
Sealing of ranking lists and approval by the OU´s board of directors11 October
Enrollment/Registration12 to 19 October
Extra Phase
Remaining from previous application periods
Application period18 to 29 October
Validation02 to 04 November
Evaluation Process05 to 11 November
Sealing of ranking lists and approval by the OU´s board of directors26 November
Enrollment/Registration29 November to 03 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 also be submitted along with your application in the Inforestudante platform, 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!