Applications and admissions

AIM Call 2019 – Application Period: February 1 – March 31, 2019

Call announcements

The call announcements can be found here (in English) and here (in Portuguese). Below is a summary of the application process. Applications can be made in this link between February 1 and March 31. The evaluation process will take place in April-June 2018 and the new AIM Fellows are expected to start their PhD work in September 2018.


Admission criteria

The candidates must have a 2nd cycle degree in the natural sciences or engineering with a basic undergraduate background in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and computer science.

Certificates are required which itemize the courses taken and the respective grades achieved. A minimum grade point average of 14/20 or equivalent (we expect the candidates to have graduated in the top 10% of their class) is required to be eligible to apply. A certificate with the GPA is required. Evidence of a working command of English as a second language, as documented by standardized tests or interview is required.

The Directive Board (DB) of the doctoral programme will evaluate the fulfillment of these admission criteria and produce a list of admitted candidates. Further information can be found in the call announcements. The next sections explain the documents necessary for application and  how the students are selected among the admitted candidates. The application period will take place between February 1 and March 31. The admission and selection of the candidates will take place between April and June 2016 for the students to start the 1st year of their doctoral programme in September 2017.


Application procedure

Please read these instructions carefully as an incomplete or incorrect application will not be considered.

(1) You should register and complete the online form by accessing the application page.

After completing the form, you should upload the following documents (your application will not be considered without them):

(2)  Your CV (in English)

Please download and fill in the CV template form provided in CV_AIM -Advanced Integrated Microsystems_Template Form. Note that using the CV Template Form provided is mandatory.

(3) Your motivation letter (in English)

This motivation letter should explain why you think you are a good candidate for AIM in terms of your background, personal aims and research interests. In addition, please list, in order of preference, at least 3 of the available doctoral research plans (available in this link).

(4) A digital copy of all your academic certificates (stating the final classification you obtained), and the respective official transcripts (listing the grade/classification of each discipline/subject you attended to get each degree).

(5) Reference letters Each candidate must supply 2 reference letters.

Candidates must have obtained their academic degree by the closing date of the call to be eligible. The candidate must supply a document proving that he/she has been granted the degree, not simply demonstrating completion of the course without having been issued proof of the degree.


In the case of the required academic degrees conferred by foreign higher education institutions, the presentation of the recognition of the degree registration is required (process regulated by Decree-Law No. 341/2007 of 12 October), or alternatively, the presentation of the equivalence process / recognition regulated by Decree-Law No. 283/83 of 21 June. It is suggested the consultation of the site of the General Directorate of Higher Education in: The registration of degrees has necessarily to be finalized at the time of submission of the application.

Detailed information regarding the registration of degrees can be found in the page of the Universidade de Lisboa (in Portuguese and in English). For further details you can contact the services at the Rectorate of the University of Lisbon at or


Selection and ranking of candidates

The evaluation of proposals is carried out in two phases: by assessing the merit of each candidate and producing a ranked list of candidates.

First phase – The DB will analyse and evaluate the applications, and the candidates’ selection will be based on an objective evaluation of the following specific criteria and weights:
• Academic achievements (final classification and main scientific area of the previous degree(s), as well as the school in which it(they) was(were) obtained – 70%;
• Relevant scientific activities (e.g. participation in research projects, authorship of journal and conference papers, patents, among others) and relevant professional experience (related to the programme’s scope)- 20%;
• Motivation (based on the statement of purpose and reference letters) – 10%.

Second phase – A shortlist of the 18 highest ranked candidates in the first phase will be individually interviewed by a minimum of 4 of the members of the DB (live or via video conferencing) in order to assess their knowledge, specific technical skills, motivation, and communication skills in English. The final ranking score will be a combination of the shortlist grade (75%) and the interview grade (25%).

The DB may choose, based on the merits of the candidates, to select fewer candidates than the number of scholarships available.


The results of the selection process will be communicated via email to all candidates, and the list of approved applicants will be available at In the case of an unfavourable award decision (i.e. for applicants not selected to receive scholarships), the applicant has a period of 10 days after disclosure to be heard by the DB by requesting a preliminary hearing, pursuant to the Portuguese Código do Procedimento Administrativo. The final decision may be appealed to the Foundation for Science and Technology within 15 days of notification of the decision.


In the required Statement of Intent (cover letter) that applicants must submit,  besides describing the interest of the candidate in the PhD programme, personal aims and research topics of interest, we require that the candidate lists, in order of preference, at least 3 of the available doctoral research plans (below, to be posted soon). Although the final selected doctoral plan will be designed by the admitted Fellow and his/her advisor, the list below serves as an orientation of the type of projects available and will help expedite the selection of doctoral project/advisor.


Project 1_Development of a Lab-on-chip Platform for Diagnosis of Urinary-Tract Infections

Project 2_Ga2O3 – an emerging semiconductor for high power and radiation resistant electronics

Project 3_Digital microfluidics for biosensing

Project 4_Microfluidics Magnetomixer Proposal

Project 5_Capillary microfluidic biochips

Project 6_Autonomous Spintronics Sensor and Power Harvesting System

Project 7_Scalable Synchronization of Spin Hall Nano-Oscillators

Project 8_A novel conformal solution for magnetic field sensing based on polymer substrates

Project 9_Magnetoresistive sensors with improved thermal stability

Project 10_Miniaturized nucleic acid amplification system for multiplex detection of pathogens

Project 11_Sensorial instrumentation in advanced robotic artificial skin

Project 12_Multiparametric sensor platform for real-time biocontaminant aerial detection

Project 13_Magnetoresistive microscope for high resolution magnetic imaging

Project 14_Development of a microdevice for understanding the mechanisms of biocementation in soils

Project 15_3D microfluidic and biosensing models to study prostate cancer metastasis

Project 16_Clone of the integrated downstream process of biopharmaceuticals on a microfluidic platform

Project 17_Development of a Solid-State Nanopore-based platform

Project 18_Evolving enzymes for biorefinery applications