A Call is open for up to 12 Ph.D. Scholarships at Portuguese Universities under the CMU Portugal Program

The CMU Portugal Program and Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) are launching, for the first time, a Call under the new initiative “Affiliated Ph.D. Programswhich offers up to 12 Scholarships for the 2021/2022 academic year. The selected candidates will be hosted by Portuguese Universities and allow a research period of up to 1 year at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

The Affiliated Ph.D. Programs Initiative offers Ph.D. scholarships in selected cutting-edge areas of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), offered by any Portuguese University, in the following CMU Portugal related areas:

  • Computer Science,
  • Electrical and Computer,
  • Engineering Engineering and Public Policy
  • Human-Computer Interaction, Language Technologies
  • Robotics and Software Engineering.

These new Ph.D. Programs will be entirely hosted by a Portuguese University, with a research period at Carnegie Mellon up to 12 months. The 12 scholarships are available on a competitive basis and will fully support the tuition fees plus provide a monthly stipend for up to 4 years, including financial support during the research period at CMU. After the Ph.D. conclusion, candidates will be awarded one degree granted by the Portuguese Host Institution.

The admissions period will be open from February 15th 2021 at 12:00 (GMT) to March 31st 2021 at 12:00 (GMT).

To apply please visit the Admissions and Scholarships” page on the CMU Portugal Program, where you will find the online form to submit your application.

In addition to the 12 Scholarships available in 2021/2022 for the Dual Degree Program, this new Initiative will grant 12 additional scholarships for students pursuing a Ph.D. at a Portuguese University. According to the CMU Portugal National Directors “this is an excellent opportunity to increase our number of students and reach out to candidates from Portuguese Universities that would like to spend up to 12 months at CMU developing their research. The Dual degree Program is since 2006 our brand image, and now it is time to extend our reach by also recruiting some of the best ICT students from Portuguese Universities”.

Since the start of the CMU Portugal Program in 2006, 133 students have been enrolled in the Program and 81 have completed their dual degree Ph.D. Our alumni network is also a proof of the Program’s success with several students in leading positions most relevant companies in the world such as Facebook, Google, IBM, JPMorgan Chase & Co., but also in universities international reference such as CMU itself, but also Princeton, University of California, University of Chicago, and several universities in Portugal. Several alumni of the program ended up being at the origin as founders or collaborators of some Portuguese companies that are currently a reference in the area of ​​ICT such as Unbabel and Feedzai.

For additional information about this initiative and application process please visit our Affiliated Ph.D. Programs page.