IGC PhD Student Life

All PhD students at IGC have the same rights and duties and regardless of PhD Programme belong to the IGC PhD Student Community.


Student life

The IGC is an exciting, vibrant environment for graduate students.  IGC doors are always open and students are encouraged to discuss with the entire scientific community, from the Directors to summer high school interns. The IGC also has a very active seminar programme, and student lunches with the speakers take place. Graduate students and postdocs are also a  motor of social life at the Institute, organizing parties, barbecues, cinema sessions, wine tastings and a range of activities (including their own yearly retreat). The Lisbon area is rich in cultural activities, from the exhibitions and concerts at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to the various rock festivals (some of which the IGC participates in, for example NOS Alive Music Festival).


The AmeeGuS Meeting

This gathering is organised by a 1st year students’ committee at the end of their lectures. This committee is responsible for fundraising and for organizing the AMeeGus meeting of the following year.


Courses and activities

Nova Doctoral School Courses are available for PhD Students that are registered at ITQB. These courses provide basics on Ethics, Science Communication, Project Management, Social Media and Data Management.

Students registered at  ITQB, have access to the Startup Research Nova at a reduced fee, a Post-Graduation programme built collaboratively by scientists and entrepreneurs from ITQB NOVA and NOVA SBE.

Learning Portuguese: our foreign students have access to beginner or advanced level Portuguese classes.

Psychological support: the institute provides free mental health support for students facing personal difficulties.

Ombudsperson office:  an independent office to handle potential conflicts.