Grant opportunities

There are a number of possibilities for candidates to apply for (you are encouraged to try multiple opportunities):

  • Research grants

The following list, which is likely to increase in the near future, contains the title, reference and contact of some grant opportunities offered to MAP-i students in the context of current research projects. In general, each of these grants may fund the first year of studies. Depending on the candidate performance, they may be extended or other possibilities may be proposed to support full PhD studies in subsequent years.

For further information and application to one of these grants you should contact directly, by email, the contact person listed. Please mention your status as a MAP-i student and provide complete information on your CV, motivation and research interests.

Please note The Scientific Commission of MAP-i is not responsible, either directly or indirectly, by these proposals and will not interfere in the candidate selection process. It is up to each student to take initiative addressing project proponents.

Project: REFLECT: Rendering FPAGs for Multi-Core Embedded Computing
Ref: FP7-ICT-2009-4 Ref. 248976
Contact: Prof João M. P. Cardoso, UP, jmpc "at" acm "dot" org
2. and 3.
Project: Towards Future Pervasive Display Networks
Ref: FP7 FET-Open scheme (Grant agreement no: 24401)
Contact: Prof Rui Jose, UM, rui "at" dsi "dot" uminho "dot" pt
Note: 2 grants;
More info (TFPDN.pdf)
Project: Re-engineering of Graphical User Interfaces
Ref: CROSS (An Infrastructure for Certification and Re-engineering of Open Source Software – PTDC/EIA-CCO/108995/2008)
andvSSaaPP (SpreadSheets as a Programming Paradigm – PTDC/EIA-CCO/108613/2008)
Contact: Prof Jose Campos, UM, jose.campos "at" di "dot" uminho "dot" pt
More info (RGUI.pdf)
Project: Interactive Computing Systems Reliability Analysis
Ref: (industry-based funding)
Contact: Prof Jose Campos, UM, jose.campos "at" di "dot" uminho "dot" pt
More info (ICSRA.pdf)
Project:Analysis and verification of safety-critical heap programs
Ref: RESCUE (Reliable and Safe Code Execution for Embedded Systems --- PTDC/EIA/65862/2006)
Contact: Prof Jorge Sousa Pinto, UM, jsp "at" di "dot" uminho "dot" pt
Project: Quantitative formal models and behavior analysis for global computing
Ref: MONDRIAN (Foundations for architectural design - PTDC/EIA-CCO/108302/2008)
Contact: Prof Luis Barbosa, UM, lsb "at" di "dot" uminho "dot" pt


  • MAP-I Grants for Foreign Students

A small number of grants for foreign students will be provided by the three MAP Universities, to attract exceptionally gifted students from abroad.
Each grant consists of a stipend for accommodation and living expenses (980 Euro per month). Course fees are not covered and must be paid in full.
Grants are, in principle, one year in length, renewable for up to 3 years, depending on the assessment of both the grant holder performance and needs in subsequent years.
To be eligible to these grants, candidates should be previously accepted by the MAP-i Doctoral Programme.
To apply, please proceed as follows:

  • a. If you are already accepted as a MAP-i student, send to MAP-i Scientific Committee:
    - a motivation letter, explaining your current position, research interests (in detail) and funding needs.
    - a copy of your identity document or passport
    - contact details (including a phone number and a skype account for a possible interview)
  • b. If not, please send the documents above alongside with your application package to MAP-i

DEADLINE for application: 9th July, 2010

Every year, FCT announces open calls for candidates to regular PhD grants (referenced as BDs). Please refer to FCT website for dates and instructions on how to apply.

FCT call for grant application is now open. 
The call will be open from May 3rd to September 6th and will include two evaluation cycles.
The fist cycle will evaluate all applications sealed before 5pm on June 14th, 2010.
The second cycle will evaluate all applications sealed before 5pm on September 6th, 2010.
Please consult the FCT site for more information 


  • Gulbenkian Foundation PhD grants

The Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian also promotes PhD research grants for Portuguese students interested in doing their PhDs in a Portuguese University.


  • CMU-Portugal PhD grants

MAP-i is one of the PhD programs included in the CMU-Portugal initiative. Students from MAP-i with CMU-Portugal grants will be co-advised by faculty at CMU and at MAP-i, will spend 2 years at CMU and 2 years at one of the MAP Universities, and will be entitled to dual PhD degrees from CMU and MAP universities.

In this case you are advised to apply directly at CMU (ECE and CS Departments) and indicate in your statement of purpose your intention to be also connected with MAP-i. You only need one application for both CMU and MAP-i.

Alternatively, you can apply now to MAP-i and separately apply in September to CMU. If you are accepted by MAP-i you can start our programme and if you also get accepted at CMU, all the credits that you have done for CMU accredited courses will be valid at CMU also. In this case you would go to CMU in the Spring semester.

Calls open from late September til mid December:
Computer Science / Electrical and Computer Eng.


  • UT Austin - Portugal PhD grants

Within the framework of the UT Austin|Portugal Program (CoLab), funded students can enroll in MAP-i doctoral program to accomplish their PhD in Computer Science with a specialization in Advanced Computing.

Enrolled students with a scholarship from CoLab follow the academic plan defined for MAP-i, but their research themes must be related with the area of Advanced Computing, as specified in the official announcement for scholarships. The proposals are proposed by MAP-i faculty and include a co-adviser from UTAustin.

The students will spend at least one year at UTAustin, preferably their second year. Transition to the second year is dependant on succeeding on the curricular courses. While at UTAustin, students can attend courses that might be relevant for their research work, or enter an industrial internship if that is considered important for their research work.


  • FCT industrial partnership grants (BDE)

This possibility is open permanently. It is possible to apply directly to FCT for a PhD research grant involving an industrial partner. You will need a supervisor from MAP-i, a company interested in supporting you, and a research project that is of interest to all parties and suitable for a PhD.

Please visit the FCT and ADI website for more info on this.


  • IPAD (Instituto Português de Apoio ao Desenvolvimento) grants for PALOP citizens

IPAD offers scholarship grants for PALOP's and East Timor citizens applying to PhD programs, which includes MAP-i. More information can be found on IPAD's web site


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