CMU Portugal welcomes its first group of Affiliated Ph.D. candidates


The CMU Portugal Program is thrilled to welcome 12 new students to its CMU Portugal Affiliated Ph.D. Programs Initiative, launched for the first time in the 2021/2022 Academic year, to offer Ph.D. scholarships in selected cutting-edge areas of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), related to the scope of the CMU Portugal Program. 

Under this initiative funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) students will be entirely hosted by a Portuguese University, with a research period at Carnegie Mellon of up to 1 year. Upon the Ph.D. conclusion, candidates will be awarded a degree by the Portuguese host University.

The Affiliated Ph.D. Programs initiative (Programas de Doutoramento Afiliados) has the objective of strengthening the collaboration between Portuguese higher education institutions and Portuguese companies through a strong partnership with Carnegie Mellon University. Candidates were encouraged to apply with work plans which counted with the collaboration of a Portuguese ICT company, and the majority of the newly admitted candidates have answered to this challenge. The new students will develop their Ph.D. in collaboration with companies such as Outsystems, Farfetch, Unbabel, GMV Skysoft S.A., NOS Communications S.A., Ingeniarius Ltd., Codacity and Sundance.

All candidates were selected after a rigorous selection process by a committee of faculty members from Portuguese Universities, with an overall acceptance rate of 30%. 

The 12 Scholarships were granted in some of the main CMU Portugal research areas namely Electrical and Computer Engineering (4), Language Technologies (3), Computer Science (2), Robotics (2), Human Computer Interaction (1).

Of these students, five (5) will be hosted at Instituto Superior Técnico, three (3) at NOVA School of Science and Technology I FCT NOVA, two (2) at Faculdade de Engenharia from Universidade do Porto and two (2) at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of Universidade de Coimbra. Furthermore, students will also be hosted at Carnegie Mellon University Departments: three (3) at the Language Technologies Institute, three (3) at the Computer Science Department, two (2) at the Robotics Institute, two (2) Electrical and Computer Engineering, one (1) at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and finally one (1) at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute.

The group includes Ph.D. candidates from three different continents/countries namely Portugal (8), Hungary (1), Brazil (2) and China (1). 

In conclusion, this new cohort of Ph.D. candidates increases the number of CMU Portugal active students to 50, including both Affiliated and Dual degree students. 

So far, 156 students have enrolled at one of CMU Portugal dual degree Ph.D. Programs. Of these 82 have successfully graduated.

Meet the new Affiliated Ph.D. students by research area:

Computer Science

  • Ricardo Brancas (Instituto Superior Técnico – Universidade de Lisboa/Computer Science Department at CMU)
  • Francisco Pereira (Instituto Superior Técnico – Universidade de Lisboa/Computer Science Department at CMU)

Electrical and Computer Engineering:

  • Diogo Pereira (NOVA School of Science and Technology | FCT NOVA / Electrical and Computer Engineering at CMU)
  • Eduard Pinconschi (Faculdade de Engenharia – Universidade do Porto/Electrical and Computer Engineering at CMU)
  • Tamás Karácsony – (Faculdade de Engenharia – Universidade do Porto/ Computer Science Department at CMU)
  • Fernanda Famá – (Universidade de Coimbra / Department of Mechanical Engineering at CMU)

Human-Computer Interaction

  • Shuhao Ma (Instituto Superior Técnico – Universidade de Lisboa/Human-Computer Interaction Institute at CMU)

Language Technologies

  • Diogo Tavares (NOVA School of Science and Technology | FCT NOVA / Language Technologies Institute at CMU)
  • Diogo Silva (NOVA School of Science and Technology | FCT NOVA / Language Technologies Institute at CMU)
  • John Mendonça (Instituto Superior Técnico – Universidade de Lisboa/Language Technologies Institute at CMU)


  • Henrique Costa (Instituto Superior Técnico – Universidade de Lisboa/Robotics Institute at CMU)
  • Maria Eduarda Andrada (Universidade de Coimbra / Robotics Institute at CMU)

More about the 2021/22 Call here.