Periodicity of admissions - see +
Annual, following IST's calendar and annual schedule.
Language of the program - see +
English (with Portuguese, for connections with Portuguese Speaking Countries)
The language of the Program is English. The dissertation has to be written and publicly defended in English, but must contain a summary in the national language(s) of the home and host institutions.
Nevertheless, international students are encouraged to learn Portuguese in the first year. The PhD candidates will have access to Portuguese courses during their first year at IST to smother integration and a deeper discover of the Portuguese culture and society.
Target population - see +
The doctoral program and the set of research topics to be included in the activities proposed have been designed for a target population with a strong background in science and technology. Although engineers are a primary target, particularly those with professional experience, a wide range of other educational backgrounds will be targeted, ranging from social sciences and economics to other scientific and technological areas.
Regardless of a specific degree and education, the target population should be prepared to develop a research-based program, with significant breadth and depth, to strengthen the technological background, and to integrate new competencies in systems, management and policy leading to the formation of an “elite” of engineers and managers with a solid methodological basis and strong trans-disciplinary skills acquired in close international collaboration.
Admission criteria - see +
The baseline criteria for admission are the ones set forth by the doctoral programs of IST, Lisbon, in accordance with the rules and bylaws of the School. The preferred background is one in engineering, with professional experience being a desirable plus. Other backgrounds may be accepted, provided that there is evidence of a strong foundation on science and technology giving assurance that both, the high demands of a research-based program, and the required level of technical expertise on the proposed research topics can be met.
Selection and ranking criteria - see +
The applications will be selected on the basis of absolute and comparative evaluations of the candidate’s CV and background, the quality of the institution where the candidate obtained his/her MSc, the motivation letter, the scientific and personal quality of the candidate and his/her research plan, if any. A final ranking is established by a Joint Selection Committee taking advantage of the large body of accumulated experience at IST in dealing with foreign students applications, and making use of standard assessment tools (e.g. GRE, TOEFL). It must be kept in mind that students admitted through the EPP dual Program with Carnegie Mellon, under the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, and benefitting from the scholarships offered by this program will still be formally admitted as PhD students at IST, Lisbon.
Advertising - see +
Particular attention will be given to web sites, distribution mailing lists and direct advertising in scientific journals, conferences, and events focusing on science, technology and policy. However, the stronger impetus, and hopefully the most promising one, will come from the activities generated within the EPP international community. The extended network of highly recognized groups that cooperate with the Program, both in high-impact joint research activities and through the hosting of extended research visits, play a major role in the effort to attract high quality Portuguese and foreign students.
Number of students to admit in each edition: 3 to 5 students - see +
The best applicants are accepted annually for doctoral studies in EPP based on the quality of their CVs, experience and scientific potential. In addition, whenever there is available fellowships to support CMU-Portugal students they will be used to attract top level candidates at world level.
Criteria for supervision of PhD students - see +
The academic advisors assigned to each student are primarily responsible for assisting students with course selection and other academic affairs in the early part of their enrollment in EPP. Once the student has started working with research advisors, who are selected jointly by the student and the Program Coordination (and who may or may not be one of the student’s initial academic advisors), those persons will become the student's primary academic advisors. Once a student has passed the thesis proposal, their thesis advisors are responsible for providing general advice. The thesis advisors and committee are expected to provide guidance relevant to research and progress towards completion of the dissertation.
The importance that this description places on the task of PhD supervision, justifies that particular attention must be given to this function. It also justifies the rule that one experienced researcher, with recognized track record in terms of publications and supervising history, will be assigned as single supervisor or as co-supervisor in the cases where a younger faculty/research member is involved. This important requirement is considered as a way to achieve high levels of scientific quality and promote the growing involvement of younger researchers in the activities of supervising with due recognition of their effort.
Mobility - see +
Both national and international mobility play a major role in EPP. National mobility in Portugal is promoted and stimulated at two levels. On the curricular level, it is guaranteed through common courses, attended by students of different programs, and to the creation of a larger pool of students sharing interests, experiences and practices. These courses will include lectures by video-conference, building on the experience of the courses offered, above all, under the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program.
At the research level, the mobility of students and researchers is also an important result of a closer interaction between groups working in science, technology and public policy in Portugal. Research links already established with CMU will act as catalysts for this cooperation, leading to multi-institutional teams from other universities. The goal in years to come is to extend collaborations to a broader and deeper context of technology policy analysis through “Research Residences” on “Science, Technology and Public Policy”. This will be achieved by bringing together new competences at international level and involving leading research centers and groups worldwide, as follows:
In addition, EPP is co-sponsored by the International Risk Governance Council-Portugal. International outward mobility is materialized in research visits that are planned to groups belonging to the extended network of institutions that have agreed to cooperate with the program. This exposes students to different work environments and cultures, and allow their contact with leading groups in different areas of technology and policy research. This also plays a major role in the increase of program attractiveness that is being used effectively in the recruitment of top level students globally.
Increased inwards mobility hinges also on this higher global visibility. The close links with Carnegie Mellon and many prestigious groups integrating the network of associated institutions, added to the increased national dimension of the program, help attract students from these institutions and increase the levels of two-way international mobility. Increased mobility is particularly relevant with regard to South-American, particularly Brazilian, students, taking advantage of existing links and institutional relationships that the participating universities and R&D units have developed and are now working hard to consolidate and strengthen.