One cannot think of Science and Technology without considering the People behind it. No scientific progress or technological advances can be achieved without the minds, genius and creativity of highly qualified human resources. Since the beginning, the MIT Portugal Program (MPP) has been investing in the advanced training of PhD candidates, by offering education initiatives that improve their minds and knowledge. Ultimately, the MPP has been training people that are making a difference in our society, either in Academia as scientists or professors, in Industry as entrepreneurs, partners or consultants, or as Policy Makers, among other.
The current phase of the MIT Portugal Program brought a significant shift in the education programs. PhD candidates no longer have to enroll in a MPP PhD Program. Instead, they may enroll in any Doctoral Program of a Portuguese University, that suits their research plan.
Together with FCT, the MPP is opening a call, every year, to fund up to 40 PhD candidates that would like to conduct research in one of the strategic areas supported by the MIT Portugal Program: Earth Systems, Digital Transformation in Manufacturing, Sustainable Cities, and Climate Science. In addition, candidates that would like to explore Data Science to create new tools that can contribute to the advancement of those strategic areas, may also apply to these PhD grants.
Recipients of a MPP2030-FCT PhD grant become part of the MIT Portugal Community and have access to education initiatives organized by the MPP.
MPP PhD candidates short stays at MIT
The MPP aims to offer world-class educational opportunities for MPP2030-FCT PhD candidates. To meet this goal, PhD candidates may opt for a mixed fellowship, conducting part of their research at a foreign institution that can significantly contribute to the success of their project. PhD candidates may opt to do research at MIT or another foreign research institution although the acceptance of a PhD candidate there is based on the scientific interests shared between the student and the hosting laboratory, and the hosting institution’s own regulations.
For students interested in visiting MIT during their PhD, please note that all visiting students require an invitation from a MIT faculty member. Therefore, if your research would benefit from a collaboration with an MIT laboratory, you and your national supervisor should discuss the project in advance with the Principal Investigator (PI) at MIT with whom you would like to collaborate with, to inquire as to whether that PI could host you for a period of time in their laboratory.