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FCT PhD Studentships in a Non-academic Environment

proposals accepted until April 2nd, 2024


Deadline of pre-application to IN2PAST: April 2nd, 2024
Closing of applications: April 18th (5 pm)
Place of work: Laboratório Associado IN2PAST – several locations
Funding agency: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I. P.

IN2PAST – Associate Laboratory for Research and Innovation in Heritage, Arts, Sustainability and Territory welcomes expressions of interest in carrying out doctoral research projects eligible for application to the 2024 Call for PhD Studentships – Specific Line of Application in a Non-academic Environment, opened by FCT.

IMAGE Being with the body in space, sensory group experimentation and movement in the urban landscape. ‘Pedras Festival’, by the artistic collective c.e.m (Centro em Movimento), Mouraria, Lisbon, 2017. © Ana Moya

By joining IN2PAST, you will be part of a uniquely multicultural, transdisciplinary and co-creative institution: it is the only associate laboratory in Portugal devoted to cultural heritage (tangible and intangible), arts and collective memory; it brings together seven research units, affiliated with five universities; and it operates at the intersection between the “two cultures” of natural sciences, and of social sciences, arts and humanities.

Our team of 340 PhD researchers and more than 300 doctoral students includes chemists, historians, anthropologists, musicologists, biologists, art historians, archaeologists, architects, geographers, geologists, biochemists and designers, among many others.

With a proven track record of scientific, social and international impact, IN2PAST provides an installed laboratory capacity of excellency, in Évora, Lisbon and Minho, and is part of the Portuguese Roadmap for Research Infrastructures, through its connections to E-RIHS – European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science and ROSSIO Infrastructure.

IN2PAST generates intensive collaborative relationships between academic, laboratory, theoretical and empirical research; public policies in the areas of cultural heritage, arts and civic memory; and an important set of Portuguese and foreign institutions and cultural facilities.

We have a Working Group for Doctoral Training, an annual doctoral school and we are associated with 22 doctoral programs, including ED-ARCHMAT (European Doctorate in ARchaeological and Cultural Heritage MATerials Science). Several IN2PAST PhD candidates with studentships awarded by the FCT are currently developing their doctoral projects in a non-academic environment, at more than a dozen museums and other hosting institutions of different natures.

IN2PAST is interested in receiving expressions of interest from researchers with different disciplinary backgrounds, which take into account one or more of its five Thematic Lines of research and activity:

  • Science and Technology for Cultural Heritage
  • Landscape, Territories and Cultural Heritage
  • Museums, Monuments and their Collections
  • Archives, from Preventive Preservation to Digitalization
  • Cultural Transfers, Public Policies of Memory and Inclusive Citizenship

Those interested in submitting an application to this call must send the following documents and information, care of Rita Hasse Ferreira, via email to

  • Detailed curriculum vitae;
  • Letter of motivation, justifying the acceptance of the application by IN2PAST and indicating the supervisor, who must be an integrated PhD researcher at IN2PAST who has agreed to supervise the project (in Portuguese or English ; max 5,000 characters, including spaces);
  • Title and summary of the project (in Portuguese or English; max. 5,000 characters, including spaces), which must take into account the provisions stated in the previous paragraph.

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