Dual Degree Ph.D. Programs
The Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program (CMU Portugal) offers top
dual degree Ph.D.
programs in cutting-edge focused areas of Information
and Communication Technologies (ICT). Upon the Ph.D. program completion, graduates
receive two degrees, one from CMU,
and another degree from the partner university in Portugal. All courses are
conducted in English, both in Portugal and at Carnegie Mellon. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis.
Two countries, two diplomas, one world-class education and research experience!
With an international education and credentials, the CMU Portugal dual degree graduates are in an excellent position to build their careers at an international level. You can read more about our current Ph.D. students and alumni to learn of their achievements in the Program and beyond.
1. Doctoral Programs Available
Below is a list of fields of doctoral programs available
through the CMU Portugal Program, and their respective application deadlines. Each link will take you to an overview of each doctoral program, containing also a link to the application home page.
Science: Robotics; Language
Technologies (LTI); Software
Engineering, open until December
and Computer Engineering (ECE), open
until December 15, 2016.
and Public Policy (EPP), open until
January 1, 2017.
- Applied Mathematics, open until January 15, 2017.
- Technological Change and Entrepreneurship (TCE), open until January 15, 2017.
2. Application Deadlines
The application deadlines for the doctoral program
scholarships calls are December 15, January 1, and January 15, depending
on the application deadlines of each Ph.D. program, as described above.
3. How to Apply
Prospective students apply directly to the program they are
The CMU Portugal
Program has a decentralized admission process. Each Ph.D. program manages its
own application process. To apply, determine which dual
degree Ph.D. Program you
are interested in and then apply directly to that program as instructed on its webpage. The application
deadline varies depending on the selected Ph.D. program.
There is funding available within the CMU Portugal Program.
Please see section 5 for more information about financial support.
3.1 Admission Requirements
Any interested candidate should confirm the exact admissions
procedures with Carnegie Mellon University for the specific
degree Ph.D. Program
they are interested
In the framework of the CMU Portugal Program, Fundação
para a Ciência e a Tecnologia and Information and Communication
Technologies Institute have a call open for applications for Ph.D. scholarships,
taking place in Portugal and at CMU, in the fields outlined above, in section 1.
As a general guideline, students must
do the following to apply for a program: (Please note that the admissions requirements will vary
from department to department and the information indicated below is general.)
online application form for admission to graduate programs.
- Take the Graduate Record
Examination (GRE) general test and have scores sent
directly to CMU.
students whose native language is not English must take the Test
of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Scores are sent directly to
Carnegie Mellon University.
a Statement of Purpose.
three letters of recommendation.
- Pay the non-refundable
official Transcripts of prior academic record, indicating first class or
On the following website - http://www.ets.org - you can register for the GRE test. In Portugal, this test can be taken in Lisbon and Coimbra. To meet the application deadline, we recommend applicants to take the required tests by September. GRE Scores are valid for five years; older scores will not be considered.
Fluency in English
The TOEFL is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. More information can be found on the following website: http://www.ets.org.
Admission is highly competitive. The evaluation is essentially based on the merit and motivation of the applicant. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate good English fluency.
The evaluation panels will review the submitted applications, weighting the review elements and ranking the candidates. Individual interviews are foreseen as a selection method for the final phase.
5. Financial Support
5.1 CMU Portugal Doctoral Program Scholarships
applications for CMU Portugal Ph.D. scholarships take place jointly with the applications to
the doctoral programs and the application process is the same. Please
see above, in section 3 more information on how to apply.
The dual degree Ph.D. scholarships of the CMU Portugal
Program are granted in association with its Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives (ERIs), for research work within their scope.
Research topics available for Ph.D. Scholarships
, as well as the supervisors at both CMU and Portugal, are
defined by the CMU Portugal Program, in association with its Entrepreneurial
(ERIs). Some research
opportunities can be found here
Hence, candidates do not need to
present a work program or an adviser's support letter and CV at the time of application. However, candidates are required to present
recommendation letters and a motivation letter where they should justify the
reasons for applying to one of these programs and their research topics
assistance is granted on the basis of the student’s potential for scholarship
and creative research, and their fit with the research topics available.
Scholarships Support and Duration
degree Ph.D. programs have a typical duration of 5 years, in order for the
student to meet the requirements of both universities involved, thus spending
three years in Portugal and two years in the United States of America.
Typically, students start the coursework in a Portuguese university – currently
there are eight Portuguese universities involved (Aveiro, Católica Portuguesa,
Coimbra, Lisboa, Madeira, Minho, Nova de Lisboa, and Porto) – then spend a
period of time at CMU, in Pittsburgh, in the United States of America, and
finally return to Portugal to complete the Ph.D.
students enrolled in the dual degree Ph.D. program will receive financial
support in a form of a Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program Fellowship that will
cover tuition fees paid directly to the institution and a monthly stipend.
While staying in Portugal, the accepted candidate will receive
the fellowship directly from FCT. While pursuing their studies at
Carnegie Mellon, the Ph.D. students will receive the FCT funding through the home
department of the doctoral program in which they are enrolled.
Once the candidate accepts the admission offer, instructions on
the steps to be followed will be provided.
Awarded scholarships shall start on the beginning
of the 2017/2018 academic year.
For further information on the call
for applications for doctoral program scholarships for the academic year 2017/2018,
please refer to the Announcement
published on FCT’s web
5.2 Other Sources of Financial Assistance
As an alternative to direct funding from the
CMU Portugal Program, candidates to the dual degree doctoral programs may be
able to secure financial assistance through a regular FCT Ph.D. studentship
supplemented by additional funding at CMU. Prospective
students apply directly to the
program they are interested in. Please see above, in section 3 more information
on how to apply.
interested in exploring this and other alternative sources of financial assistance
should contact potential advisors in Portugal and at CMU. More information
about FCT Ph.D. studentships, and the application process, in particular, is
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