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CMU Portugal Info session gathers over 90 potential Ph.D. candidates

This year’s edition of the CMU Portugal online Info Session “How to apply for a CMU Portugal Dual-Degree Ph.D. Scholarships” gathered on October 27th, 94 participants from all over the globe, a significant number of potential candidates to the Program’s Call for Dual Degree scholarships that will soon be launched.

This Session allowed future candidates to learn more about the application process and discuss any potential questions and concerns. The session started with a presentation by João Fumega, CMU Portugal Education Officer, who went through the main requirements to apply to a CMU Portugal Program scholarship available in 7 different Ph.D. programs.

From Carnegie Mellon University, Jenn Landefeld (Marketing and Communications Manager at the Computer Science Department) and Jessica Tomko (Assistant Director of Admissions, Electrical and Computer Engineering), gave a perspective on how the application process proceeds at the Carnegie Mellon University. Both focused on the specificities of the requirements by their respective departments that offer joint Ph.D. degrees with Portuguese Universities under the scope of CMU Portugal.

All presentations are available for download here.

Margarida Ferreira, Dual Degree student in Computer Science and Alex Gaudio, Dual Degree student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, were the two last speakers of the session. The CMU Portugal Ph.D. candidates shared their experience and advice with the audience.

At the end of the session, there was still time for Q&A. The lively session was full of many relevant questions about the application process.

During the session, all participants were informed about the main requirements, application processes, and guidelines, that are also available on CMU Portugal website. Each of the seven available Ph.Ds available has its own application process: Computer ScienceElectrical and Computer EngineeringEngineering and Public PolicyHuman-Computer InteractionLanguage TechnologiesRobotics, and Software Engineering.

All CMU Portugal scholarships allow candidates to spend 3 years in Portugal hosted at a Portuguese affiliated University and 2 years at CMU. By the end of the Ph.D. candidates will receive two diplomas conferred by Carnegie Mellon and the University in Portugal.

For more information and doubts about the Ph.Ds please feel visit the FAQs section on our website or feel free to contact the CMU Portugal program at