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International Doctoral Program in Neuroscience & Physiology

A Call for 8-10 Doctoral fellowships is open at the Champalimaud Foundation (Fundação D.Anna de Sommer Champalimaud e Dr.Carlos Montez Champalimaud) under the International Neuroscience Doctoral Programme (INDP), for its 2019 edition, with classes starting in September 2019. The Programme is hosted at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, in Lisbon, Portugal, a leading centre for research, technology and clinical care.

Requirements for admission:  Applicants must hold a Masters degree and/or a 4+ year undergraduate degree. Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to tackle difficult intellectual challenges, to learn new skills and ways of thinking and to work passionately as part of a research team. Predoctoral training in quantitative disciplines (e.g. physics, mathematics, computer science), biological sciences (e.g. biology, medicine, bioengineering) or related fields is preferred. English language proficiency is crucial for the applicant’s success.

Work plan:  Admitted students will complete one semester of intensive courses and will be able to perform rotations in CR laboratories . Courses are led by distinguished local and invited international scientists. The topics of instruction include, among others sensory & motor systems, animal learning, social neuroscience, integrative physiology, and data analysis. Courses also have a practical component, including as programming exercises, small projects, experimental work in the INDP teaching laboratory, and rotations in Champalimaud Research laboratories.

Academic Degree: Graduating students will receive their doctoral degree from one of our two academic partner institutions, the Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica (ITQB Universidade Nova de Lisboa) or the Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada. Selected students receive full tuition support.

Monthly allowance: A monthly stipend of € 1003,26, (following the doctoral stipend rate set by the Portuguese Science & Technology Foundation )  awarded directly by the Champalimaud Foundation. The fellowship will be paid monthly by bank transfer. The fellowship holder will have a personal accident insurance and, if not covered by any social protection scheme can ensure the right to social security through adherence to the voluntary social insurance scheme. International candidates are eligible for a moving & relocation allowance of up to € 2400. Once PhD students have completed the educational module and successfully presented a PhD project, they will be eligible for a monthly supplement of € 320.

Selected candidates must be in exclusivity regime with this fellowship.

Fellowship duration: The program does not have a strict time. Candidates are followed by a thesis committee which reports to Educational Coordinator, the program Director, and the Champalimaud Research Educational Committee. Decisions for continued support after the fourth year are tailored for each student according to the recommendation of this panel, following discussion of the progress and workplan with the student and thesis supervisor.

Selection method: Candidates will be initially assessed by the quality of their CV, including degrees, marks and contents of curricular units completed, extracurricular activities, and professional experience (40%), letters of recommendation (30%) and motivation letter (30%).  

During interviews candidates will be evaluated on their ability to present their previous research, to understand and articulate scientific questions, to think critically about experiments and to demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, the challenges of a PhD. 

Selection Committee: Joseph Paton, Ph.D. (INDP Director), Megan Carey, Ph.D., Christian Machens, Ph.D., and Christa Rhiner, Ph.D.

Publication/notification of results: Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted by May 6th, 2019 and should be available for in person interviews in Lisbon during the week of June 3rd-7th, 2019. Final results will be available by June 21st. 

Selected candidates should expect to begin the program on Monday, September 9th, 2019.

Application: Applications must be written in English and must be submitted through the webpage , including the following documents: 

  • Motivation letter stating the applicant’s motivation to join the INDP and an outline of their academic trajectory. 
  • Curriculum Vitae including, if available: a complete list of academic courses (University level) previously followed, and respective grades and diplomas; previous research experience; and professional/work experience.
  • Contact information for two references who can speak to your potential as a PhD student in neuroscience and/or physiology.

Foreign candidates selected for interview must arrange for visa when applicable. INDP office will assistance in visa and financial support for travel arrangements. 

Inquiries regarding INDP applications must be sent to appindp@research.fchampalimaud.org