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 is open from 04/10/2023  to  20/11/2023.


See call details


Interested candidates should submit their applications to [email protected] as a single PDF file named “Applicant Name_ PONTE2023”. The subject of the e-mail should also be “Applicant Name_ PONTE2023”. Applications must contain the following information:

  • 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.

Reference letters should be e-mailed directly to [email protected] by the referral. The email subject matter should be “Reference_Applicant Name_ PONTE2023”.

Questions should be addressed to [email protected]; more details can be found here


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.

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Updated on 06 october 2023

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