Applications IBB

The programme normally accepts 6 to 10 students each year. Selected students receive full tuition and stipend support for up to 48 months, in addition to other student support available as an IGC Student.

IBB Students 2019





The IGC seeks highly motivated students, with total commitment to the pursuit of knowledge in a multidisciplinary environment.

The IGC PhD Programme welcomes applications from candidates with university degrees in any field, including those outside the life sciences.

Research at the IGC (In-House Groups) explores four main axes: Evolutionary Biology, Quantitative Biology, Integrative Cell and Developmental Biology, and Immunobiology. The broad-scoped nature of the IGC research programme favours original approaches to outstanding biological questions that promote bridges across different disciplines and methodologies. In this light, the PhD Programme welcomes applications from candidates with strong quantitative backgrounds, such as Physics and Mathematics, Engineering, Statistics and Computer Science. This by no means limits the Programme´s interest in applications from Medical Doctors, Biologists, Biochemists, and all Life Sciences fields.



Candidates of any nationality may apply. 

We do require a Master degree from candidates applying from signatory countries of the Bologna Agreement, or those with similar undergraduate programs (3-year programmes). Candidates from a Bologna agreement country who received their degree prior to the implementation of the agreement are normally eligible. If you are applying from a country with a 4 or 5-year university degree program, you are also potentially eligible and should contact the office of the PhD programme for information on your specific case. If the necessary degrees listed above are from non-Portuguese Universities, you must recognized, according to the Portuguese State Higher Education Agency - DGES. For this, the office of the PhD programme will provide successful candidates with information and guidance.



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Applicants need to provide the following elements:

• Names and contacts of at least two references including their academic affiliation and professional connection with the candidate. Please note that upon saving this information your referees are contacted by us and the deadline for reference submission is one 5 days after application submission.

• List of all degrees, with name, institution and classification; Diplomas must be uploaded in pdf, without special characters and a máx of 10 characters. If a degree has not been completed by the time of application submission, a document from the degree granting institution stating that the diploma will be available by the 31st August 2020.

• Motivation letter (4000 characters).



A panel of no less than four IGC Principal Investigators (PIs) evaluate all applications using the elements provided by the applicant and the letters of reference.

In the first round of selection, candidates will be ranked and accordingly invited or not for an interview. The criteria for this ranking will be:

  1. Strength of the academic, scientific and professional (if applicable) CV (40%)
  2. Motivation letter (40%)
  3. Letters of reference (20%)

The second round of selection will consist of interviews of all candidates with classification equal or above 80/100 in the first round of selection. Interviews will be in English by a panel of four IGC PIs and the Programme Director. Foreign candidates or nationals residing abroad may be interviewed by telephone or Skype, or invited to visit the IGC.

The interviewed candidates will be re-ranked taking into account:

  1. Mark from the previous round of ranking (50%)
  2. Interview (50%)

List of Evaluators


Results communication

Evaluation results are sent by e-mail. Applicants have a period of 10 working days after the email was sent to contest the decision.


Available labs

Not all labs at the IGC will be necessarily taking new students every year.


IBB PhD Programme Committee:
Jorge Carneiro (Director) 
Élio Sucena (outgoing Director) 
Isabel Gordo 
Raquel Oliveira


PhD Programme Office
Ana Aranda da Silva
Alexandra Caetano


More information: 
[email protected]
Tel: +351 214 464 549