Applications to PONTE Fellowships

The Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência invites graduates in physics, mathematics, engineering or a related discipline to apply for the newly established PONTE fellowships. The PONTE fellows will be key figures in accomplishing the institute’s mission of bridging biology with the exact sciences.


We are seeking early career researchers with a PhD in physics, mathematics or a related discipline. Candidates are expected to be fully committed to work in life sciences, although no previous experience in biology is required.

Candidates are expected to be able to apply their existing skills (e.g. numerical programming) and scientific knowledge (e.g. in soft matter physics) to solve biological problems. Candidates are also expected to acquire new skills while at IGC (e.g. image analysis), as needed to complete their research goals. Independence and being open to new problems and methods are key.


Application Process

The call was open from 24/01/2022  to  04/03/2022.

Applications must be submitted in English exclusively through the online platform (available only during call). Applicants need to provide the following elements:

  • Cover letter (max 1 page)
  • CV (max 3 pages)
  • Publication list (with three highlighted publications)
  • Research statement (max 2 pages)
  • At least two reference letters 

The research statement should contain a summary of the candidate’s previous research and an outline of future research interests (this may include references to specific groups at IGC). In the case of no previous exposure to biology, the candidate should state what motivates the transition, and how the PONTE fellowship will enable this transition.

Questions should be addressed to [email protected]


Selection & Results

The selection committee is a multidisciplinary group of IGC researchers. Evaluation criteria include motivation to join a biology environment, independence, and excellence of previous research. Interviews will be held about one month after the call is closed. Offers will be made soon after.

More info
Updated on 09 august 2022

Cookies settings

Cookies Selection

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation uses cookies to improve your browsing experience, security, and its website performance. The Foundation may also use cookies to share information on social media and to display messages and advertisements personalised to your interests, both on our website and in others.