A unique opportunity
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência fosters PhD students’ independence, our research community regards students as peers and helps them to develop into fully fledged scientists. 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 invited to join our cosmopolitan research community and enrich it with their uniqueness.
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 Champalimaud Foundation, the University and the Max Planck Institute of Cologne, 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 Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência. Student research projects involving collaborations between laboratories are encouraged and nurtured benefiting from the diversity of the research groups.
Institutions conferring the degree:
External Scientific Committee:
(University of Basel)
(University of Cologne)
(Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics)
Support from Training Unit:
Ana Aranda da Silva
Tel: +351 214 407910