When applications are open, you should go to the link Applications for more informations. There are eight fellowships available.

The first-stage of Candidates' ranking and admission for the PhD and the FCT Fellowship will be based on nominal academic qualifications; classifications obtained in academic degrees, starting from the most recent degrees; curricula, giving particular emphasis to indexed publications in the field of the doctoral programme (e.g. number of JCR - indexed papers, h-index, number of quotations in books/chapters. Scientific communications, proceedings in national/international meetings, participation in research projects, membership of scientific teams and societies, skills in foreign languages, mainly in English, are also important items in this selection process). Professional experience is also a plus for the selection.

Candidates must fill in the Application form and all the items required to complete their application, including information and contacts of at least one reference person.

The second-stage of the selection process is an interview to the subset candidates, either in person or using Information and Communication technologies. The interview will mainly focus on the motivation and commitment of the candidates to the programme, as well as to the lines of research endorsed within its framework. The weight of this stage in the final classification will be decided by the Admission Committee.

A final selection will then be produced taking into account all the elements gathered during the selection process. A ranking list will be formally publicized and transmitted to all candidates, who can require its re-evaluation in case of disagreement.


To apply to the FCT Fellowship, candidates should comply with the following:

Be Portuguese citizens, or citizens of other European Union member states; Be third-country nationals holding a valid residence permit or who have acquired long-term resident status, pursuant to Law n. º 23/2007 of 4 July and amended by Law no. 29/2012 of 9 August; Be third-country nationals of states with which Portugal has signed reciprocity agreements. Only Portuguese citizens or foreign citizens with permanent residence in Portugal may apply to fellowships with a work programme to be fully or partially developed in foreign institutions.

The tuition fees are 2.750 € per year and can be fractioned on a simple pay system . There are 8 fellowships funded by Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). Students with FCT fellowship have their tuition fees covered.

Students with a fellowship will receive 993,43 € per month while they are in Portugal and 1. 733,43 € per month when they are abroad (maximum of 12 months).

Fellow students can also ask for a travel allowance (300€ for Europe and 600€ for the Rest of the world) and an allowance for stays equal or longer than 6 months (1.000 €).

Moreover, FCT fellowship covers the PhD tuition fees.

The Agricultural Production Chains – from fork to farm PhD (AgriChains) offers training in each aspect of the production value chain, improving the knowledge and competitiveness within it. From the links with companies, to the growing products and the post-harvest, the programme echoes the rising demand for sustainable food production and better quality goods which implies production chain optimization.

The PhD is based on the quality, experience and expertise of the national and international team institutions. For this reason, all the students will be personally followed by an academic tutor and a PhD thesis supervisor. This complementary structure allows receiving and supporting each and every student on all their needs and on different matters.

The programme totals 240 credits (ETCs): 218 ECTs will be acquired within Agrarian, Biological and Food Sciences, and Environmental Protection, and the remaining 12 ETCs will be attained on multidisciplinary themes.

The curricular units correspond to 54 ETCs and the PhD Thesis has 186 ETCs.

As long as it is defined on your mobility plan you will work on the labs considered most suitable for your research, - so you can work in just one or in more than one lab.

Our programme is actually conceived to allow and incentive mobility between universities and labs so that students can broaden their scientific perspectives and obtain all the complementary and different environment and opportunities offered by each of the institutions. As most of research teams implicate international partnerships, it is very likely that you will work in more than one lab, in different countries. 

Each student designs the mobility plan that suits him/her best or his/her aims. In order to make sure you are aware of all the possibilities and to give some counselling, your academic tutor will guide you making the plan.

The official language of the DP is English, and includes classes, discussions, seminars, presentations, all written material, the contents of the website and all the information related to the DP. However, if the number and the profile of the students is clearly Portuguese or Spanish related, some of the course units may be conducted in those languages.

The four universities (UTAD, UMinho, UPV and WUR) have language courses available for foreign students.

All the students will be personally followed by an academic tutor and a PhD thesis supervisor. This complementary structure allows receiving and supporting each and every student on all their needs and on different matters. Moreover, all the universities have a vast group of services and bureaus to help foreign and national students.

The host Institutions show a successful cooperation under the ERASMUS programme and exchange of MSc and PhD students, proven for over the last decade.

The synergies are noticeable regarding innovative teaching methodologies under the Bologna process, such as Problem-based learning (PBL), development of web platforms, Information Communication Technology (ICT), for long distance communication, teaching and learning, to encourage student pro-activity and new tools for the evaluation methods.

UTAD and UPV have been involved in ICA (Association for European Life Sciences Universities) from its start, sharing projects that addressed the international dimension of quality assurance, credit recognition, mutual approval of qualifications with third countries, curriculum development and mobility.

The location of both Universities, UTAD and UMinho, attracts international students either from Europe (ERASMUS), Latin America and Africa.

Moreover, both have been involved in European University Association (EUA) benefiting from the outputs of conferences, when particularly focused on research and teaching.

Regarding training on research, it is worldwide known the quality of the “Horticultural production chains” Group of Wageningen University (WUR), which is and was from the start pioneer on this topic and leader on the optimization of growth inputs in greenhouse plant production.

CITAB and UMinho are complementary on the biology of crop plants and climate change. In addition, the UPV team brings new competences on plants area that relate to research at CITAB and CQVR.

All the Institutions ensure remote access, through e-learning and b-learning methodologies, including the consultancy of resources, such as bibliographic repositories/systems, as the b-on and Web of Knowledge.

Social facilities are also available in each institution, like students’ residences, canteens and snack bars. CITAB services include a dedicated secretariat, and experienced management structure and an office for communication and promotional activities. Alumni office and other support bureaus assistance students’ accommodation.

With the excellence on teaching and on research of the institutions of PhD all the knowledge acquired will certainly open new perspectives on the area you are studying or at the company you are working. Besides, with our strong link to well established companies since the first year of the PhD, you will have a lot of contacts and field experience in order to start partnerships.

The contact and exchange of experiences between all academic members is a big matter for our institutions. Besides Congresses, Seminars and academic events, we will promote students meetings, field trips, excursions, and encourage students to share information and contacts such as emails.

At the end of the DP there will be a formal university graduation ceremony and a celebratory party, which intends to formally congratulate the graduates and to reinforce the feeling that they are part of the wider university community as alumni.

In addition, our website will be constantly updated with news from the Doctoral Programme and the partner institutions, (on the menu Events), and on the restricted menu Students Gate.

If you have any other questions, please contact us by sending an e-mail to agrichains@utad.pt.




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