The MIT Portugal Program (MPP) supports research visits of MPP scholars and MPP PhD students at MIT. Since 2007, 184 MPP PhD students and 41 scholars have visited MIT to conduct their research.

  1. Guidelines for Portuguese MPP Scholars
  2. Guidelines for MPP PhD Students
  3. Important information
  4. List of previous visiting Students and Scholars

Guidelines for Portuguese MPP Scholars

The MIT Portugal Program is inviting applications by MPP scholars from all focus areas and all participating institutions for extended visits to MIT.

As part of the second phase of MPP, MIT is hosting up to 4 Portuguese scholars per term (semester) as visiting scholars. Each visiting scholar will be hosted by an MIT faculty colleague for research collaboration. Scholars will also have the opportunity to be involved in other MPP activities at MIT and interact with visiting MPP students.

Interested scholars should plan for extended visits of at least 4 months and up to 12 months. Longer visits will be prioritized. MIT will cover a portion of the visitor’s living expenses, up to $1,500 (USD) per month for a maximum of 6 months.

Interested faculty should first send a brief application document (max. 4 pages) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that should include the following information:

  1. Intended timing and duration of your stay
  2. Specific research project you wish to pursue while at MIT
  3. Short work plan and proposal on what you intend to accomplish during the MIT visit
  4. Description of how the visit would benefit your current research and overall career development
  5. Name of other MPP collaborators at MIT and in Portugal (if applicable)
  6. Name of the hosting MIT faculty
  7. Describe plans to support and participate in MPP activities at MIT (e.g., involving MPP students, outreach events, and innovation & entrepreneurship program activities)

Before applying, interested faculty should seek to identify and contact an MIT faculty member in their scientific area, who could serve as their host, research collaborator, and mentor. In many cases, visiting scholars choose to come for a short-term planning visit several months ahead of their main stay to identify a potential faculty host, make the necessary research connections, and plan their visit in greater detail. Please indicate the need and intended timing for such a planning visit in your application, if required. 

Further, interested scholars should contact their home university and departments as soon as possible to communicate their intent to participate in this unique opportunity created by the Portuguese government and resolve potential administrative constraints (e.g., shifting teaching loads and sabbaticals).

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but applicants will be notified at least 4 months before the intended start date of the visit.  MPP’s MIT office will provide administrative assistance with regard to the visa process, obtaining an MIT email account, providing office space at MIT, and providing information about housing options.

In addition, MPP might also be able to provide limited support to shorter scholar visits, for two weeks or less, limited to one visit per year per scholar. The process for applying for support follows the same guidelines as described above for long-term immersion into the rich MIT ecosystems. Applications, see described above, have to be submitted at least two months prior to the planned visit.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “visiting scholar” for further information.

Guidelines for MPP PhD Students

PhD Students in the 4 MPP PhD programs are eligible to apply for a research visit at MIT. Interested students should observe the following guidelines and prerequisites before applying:

  1. Students must have a PhD committee established comprising a Portuguese faculty chair, additional Portuguese faculty members, and a MIT faculty member.
  2. The Portuguese PhD advisor is responsible for identifying and contacting MIT faculty, who could serve on the PhD committee and host the student at MIT.
  3. Students must have a written thesis proposal that is approved by the Portuguese PhD thesis advisor.  This document must also specify research activities, including goals and timeline, that the student intents to carry out at MIT.
  4. The MIT faculty host must agree with the thesis proposal and research objectives for the MIT visit of the student.

As part of the application process, the student has to provide the MPP office in Portugal with documentation for the above-mentioned requirements 1-4 and with a formal request for the visit, including intended start date and duration of visit. All information should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “visiting student.” Upon approval by the MPP office in Portugal, the request and all relevant information will be forwarded to the MPP office at MIT for further processing, e.g., visa application. To take full advantage of the visiting student period at MIT, the start of the visit should coincide with the start of the academic terms at MIT:

  • Fall term/semester:              September 1
  • Spring term/semester:         February 1
  • Summer term/semester:     June 1

(Please note that activity on the MIT campus winds down significantly over the summer.)

The length of the student visit must be 4 months at a minimum, and cannot to exceed 12 months. MPP visiting students cannot enroll in MIT classes. While every effort is made to accommodate the visiting students, the MIT policies and regulations must be followed at all times. The MIT faculty host can request permission of a course instructor for the MPP visiting student to sit in on one course only. MPP visiting students cannot seek employment at MIT or elsewhere. The staff of the MPP office at MIT is the primary point of contact for visiting MPP students at MIT (not the host’s department). 

Important information

All visiting PhD Students (J1 visa status) must check in with the International Students Office, and all Visiting Scholars and Researchers (J1 or WB status) must check in with the International Scholars Office. Call the office to make an appointment as soon as you arrive on campus, and bring your passport and visa documents to the appointment. If you have questions regarding your visa at any time during your stay, contact Flavia Cardarelli or the International Students Office.  A suite of offices is available for MPP visitors on a first-come-first-served basis. The suite is conveniently located in MIT building E38, in Kendall Square. The Kendall Square T Station (the T’s “Red Line”) is steps away from Building E38. The office suite has wireless Internet, phones, a fax machine, and a scanner/photocopier/printer. Please contact Flavia Cardarelli to reserve your office space.

List of previous visiting students and Faculty

From 2007 to January 2016, 184 MPP PhD students and 41 scholars have visited MIT to conduct their research.

pdf MIT visiting MPP PhD Students

pdf MIT visiting MPP Scholars