PhD Programme IBB

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência fosters PhD students’ independence, our research community regards students as peers and helps them to develop into fully fledged scientists.




A unique opportunity

During a semester of courses students explore the whole of biology after which they benefit from the institute’s research diversity to create and pursue their own research project. IBB students enjoy the opportunity to discover in depth all the scientific offers of the institute before they define their project and host lab. Undergraduates of any nationality, trained in any scientific field — from life and health sciences to physics, mathematics and engineering — are welcomed to join our cosmopolitan research community.



First year students explore concepts in modern biology and cutting-edge research during the course work. The courses cover the whole of biology, from structural and molecular biology to quantitative biology, evolution and ecology. The faculty is composed of IGC scientists and invited lecturers from top research institutes and universities all over the world. Some courses are organised in partnership with the University of Cologne, the Max Planck Institute and the EMBL. For the entire life cycle at the institute, students can enjoy the numerous workshops and courses organised here, as well as the advanced training in statistics, scientific computing and bioinformatics.


A project and a lab

Once the course work is completed, students are given the necessary time to conceive their thesis proposal and find, within the institute, one or more group leaders who will host and supervise them. Each student is assisted in this vital choice by the PhD Programme Director and a Thesis Committee, composed of two IGC scientists. The Thesis Committee will support the students throughout their entire life cycle at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência. Student research projects involving collaborations between laboratories are encouraged and nurtured, benefiting from the diversity of the research groups.




Participating Institutions:

         ITQB      ISPA            


Institutions conferring the degree:

Universidade Nova   ISPA


Financing Institutions:

Updated on 15 february 2023

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