PhD Students 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

Organised by a committee entirely composed of the students that have just finished the 1st year of classes. This committee is responsible for fundraising and the organization of 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 at a reduced fee to the Startup Research Nova, a Post-Graduation program collaboratively built by scientists and entrepreneurs from ITQB NOVA and NOVA SBE.

Learning Portuguese: our foreign students have access to language classes at  beginner and advanced levels.

Psychological support: the institute provides an opportunity for students that face personal difficulties to free mental health support.

Ombudsperson office: we will provide an independent office to handle potential conflicts. This is important to provide a feeling of security to our students and more generally the overall community.

Given its centrepiece role, we are always looking for ways to improve the PhD training at the Institute.