The Program’s selection process is carried out by professors from Portuguese institutions involved in each degree, together with their MIT counterparts.

The following factors are evaluated in the review of each application:

  • Academic grades
  • Professional CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Interview (evaluation of candidates may involve an interview in English, which may take place in person or via videoconference/Skype)
  • Reference letters

A GRE exam may be submitted by the candidate for evaluation, but is not mandatory.

Evaluation Appeal:

If the candidate does not agree with the evaluation of the Selection Committee of the PhD Program, the candidate has a deadline of 10 days (work days) after the results announcement to present a complaint through e-mail, at the time of the preliminary hearing, in the terms of the Código do Procedimento Administrativo (Code of Administrative Procedure). Upon the final decision of the Selection Committee an appeal can be submitted by the candidate to FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, IP), during the 15 work days after notification.


Bioengineering Systems PhD

Jury panel (call 2017/2018)

  • João Crespo (FCTUNL)
  • Joaquim Sampaio Cabral (IST)
  • Eugénio Ferreira (UMinho)
  • Assistant Members: Frederico Ferreira (IST); Manuel Nunes da Ponte (FCTUNL)

The selection process is made according to the following formula:

Final Score = 0,65 x A + 0,35 x B

Overall score based on 5

A - Educational Background – academic scores and degree adequacy;

B - Candidate’s Profile - includes: previous academic/research/professional experience (including publications and congress presentations), CV, letter of motivation, reference letters, GRE bonus and clarifications requested to the candidates either through e-mail or interview.


Leaders for Technical Industries PhD

Jury panel (call 2017/2018):

  • Luis Faria (IST)
  • Elsa Henriques (IST)
  • Luis Reis (IST)
  • Pedro Arezes (U. Minho)
  • Paulo Flores (U. Minho)
  • Júlio Viana (U. Minho)
  • Alexandre Ferreira da Silva (U. Minho)
  • Francisco Pires (FEUP)
  • Pedro Camanho (FEUP)
  • Américo Azevedo (FEUP)

The selection process is made in two stages:

First Stage

  • A. Education
  • B. Professional Experience & Complementary Training
  • C. Research Activities & Publications
  • D. Motivation Letter
  • E. Reference Letters

Second Stage

  • F. Interview

The Overall score in a 5 points scale is calculated based on:

35% A + 13% B+ 15% C+ 6% D + 6% E + 25% F

In the first evaluation phase candidates are ranked based on the grades attributed  by the jury to each candidate on the above criteria (A to E). The high ranked candidates follow to the second evaluation stage


Sustainable Energy Systems PhD

Jury panel (call 2017/2018)

  • João Serra (FCUL)
  • Luis Miguel Guilherme Cruz (UC)
  • Vítor Leal (FEUP)
  • Assistant members: João Peças Lopes (FEUP); Luis Moreira (IST-UL); Luís Dias (FEUC)

The selection process is made according to the following formula:

Integrated Score =  (50* AR + 20*CV+15*ML+13*RL+ 2*GRE)*MF

  • Academic record (AR)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Motivation letter (ML)
  • Recommendation letters (RL)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Match Factor (MF): the match factor describes the matching between the research interests of the candidates within the Sustainable Energy Systems area and the research interests of the schools in the sustainable energy systems. It also evaluates the years of engagement with the MIT Portugal Program (in the cases where the candidate is already an MIT Portugal student) and the interview that is conducted to the best ranked candidates.

Overall Score based on 100%

A Minimum score of 70 (0-100) in the Academic Record is required in the MIT Portugal PhD in Sustainable Energy Systems. Candidates with a lower grade than this are excluded from further evaluation.


Transportation Systems PhD

Jury panel  (call 2017/2018)

  • Luis Picado Santos (IST)
  • António Pais Antunes (FCTUC)
  • Jorge Pinho de Sousa (FEUP)
  • Assistant Members: Rosário Macário (IST); Álvaro Seco (FCTUC); Teresa Galvão (FEUP)

The selection process is made in two stages:

First Stage

  • Academic Curriculum 50%
  • Path Alignment 15%
  • GRE Test or Similar 10%

Second Stage

  • Interview 25%

In the first evaluation phase, candidates are ranked based on the grades attributed  by the jury to each candidate on indicated criteria. The high ranked candidates (typically with a grade above 45% in 75% for the first phase) follow to the second evaluation phase.

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