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Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) is the Portuguese public agency that supports science, technology and innovation, in all scientific domains.  FCT is the main supporter of the scientific community in Portugal and provider of PhD Scholarships. Portuguese and foreign nationals can apply for a PhD scholarship.

FCT accepts applications in all scientific areas. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the PhD in Population Sciences you can choose the one that better matches your work plan.


There are two types of PhD scholarships:

  • the more traditional one, with research work to be carried out in scientific and academic institutions.

  • a newly create one, with work plans to be carried out, entirely or partially, in a non-academic host institution.

Thanks to partnerships with Statistics Portugal, CoLABOR and Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento, you will have the possibility of developing your research in these institutions and apply for the second type of scholarships.

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The knowledge and skills you will acquire are valuable for a range of institutions, from Academia to Statistical Offices, from Non-governmental Organizations to the local government (for planning purposes in health, education or housing, for e.g.) or from international organizations (UNFPA, OECD, for e.g.)  to private firms.

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