MIT Portugal awarded 40 new Ph.D. grants
Technology development for the identification of marine microplastics, novel approaches to control on-orbit satellites, development of deep learning models to promote sustainability of wastewater treatment, novel approaches in sustainable building and sustainable mobility, new technologies to improve transition to renewable energies, and development of platforms to optimize carbon dioxide capture and conversion. These are some of the topics that will be researched during the next 3 to 4 years in the doctoral projects that the MIT Portugal Program now approved for funding.
The 40 students recommended for Ph.D. funding were selected in the 2022 Call for MPP2030-FCT PhD Grants. Their thesis plans associated with the scholarships are framed in the strategic areas of the MIT Portugal Program (MPP) and foster the scientific connection between Portugal and MIT.
The distribution of Ph.D. grants per MPP scientific area was as following: 5 scholarships in Climate Sciences & Climate Change; 5 in Earth Systems: Oceans to near Space; 8 in Digital Transformation in Manufacturing; 18 in Sustainable Cities; and 4 in Data Science.
Under this initiative established between MIT Portugal Program and Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), the recipients of an MPP2030-FCT Ph.D. grant may enroll in any doctoral program running at Portuguese Universities that better suits their research interests. The new students will have now the opportunity to access education initiatives organized by the program and become part of the MIT Portugal Community.
The 40 PhD candidates recommended for funding will be enrolled in doctoral programs from 11 different Portuguese institutions (Lisbon School of Architecture, Faculty of Sciences – University of Porto, Faculty of Sciences – University of Lisbon, NOVA School of Science and Technology, Faculty of Engineering-University of Porto, Faculty of Science and Technology – University of Coimbra, Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning – University of Lisbon, Técnico – University of Lisbon, University of Minho, University of Aveiro, and School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences – University of Porto).
The 2022 call for MPP2030-FCT PhD Grants was very competitive, receiving 195 applications from 28 different countries, with the majority of candidates from Portugal, Brazil, Iran and India. All candidates were selected by evaluation panels specifically set up for this call, involving experts of acknowledged experience and scientific merit.
Since the beginning of this protocol in 2020, 3 Ph.D. calls were opened with a total of 73 students funded in the previous two editions.
We recently launched a new section on our website dedicated to our PhD candidates. Take a look and see what they are doing.