Postgraduate Research Scholarship at University of Porto in Portugal, 2018

University of Porto

Scholarship Description: The University of Porto is offering Postgraduate Research Scholarship (M/F) within the scientific areas: Civil Engineering – Geotechnics/Structures in Portugal. International students are eligible to apply for this scholarship programme.

About University: Founded in 1911, the University of Porto is a leading scientific education and research institution in Portugal, and today it ranks among the 150 best European universities in some of the most important international rankings of Higher Education.

Degree Level: Scholarship is available to pursue Postdoctoral Research programme.

Available Subject: Scholarship is awarded in Civil Engineering – Geotechnics/Structures. The scholarship is awarded within the framework of the H2020 research project “LIQUEFACT – Assessment and mitigation of liquefaction potential across Europe: a holistic approach to protect structures/infrastructures for improved resilience to earthquake-induced liquefaction disasters”.

Scholarship Benefits: A monthly stipend with a value of 1495 € will be paid to the scholarship holder by bank transfer. The scholarship holder is entitled to a personal accident insurance covering research activities and to voluntary social insurance. The payments will be made by bank transfer.


Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

Applicants need to hold a PhD in the fields of Earthquake Engineering or Geotechnical/Structural Engineering. Applicants that do not provide proof of holding that degree when applying for this scholarship will be automatically excluded.

Applicants with a strong focus on the nonlinear behaviour analysis of buildings under earthquake loading and on the analysis of soil-structure interaction effects will be favoured. Experience in the scientific fields related to the project will be considered a positive aspect for the ranking of applications. Applicants with knowledge and experience in the use of numerical modelling and analysis software to assess the structural behaviour under earthquake loading with nonlinear static (pushover) and dynamic analysis methods will be favoured. Applicants with knowledge and experience in programming, particularly in Matlab, will also be favoured. A good level of English proficiency (spoken and written) is also required.

Eligible Nationalities: International students are eligible to apply for this scholarship programme.


Application Procedure: Applications need to be sent before the deadline by normal post to Prof. António Viana da Fonseca, Project LIQUEFACT, Departamento de Engenharia Civil, Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias. 4200-465 Porto or, alternatively, can be sent by email to and with the subject (FEUP – LIQUEFACT).

An application letter addressed to the President of the Jury Committee needs to be sent as well as:

  • Cover letter (no longer than on A4 page);
  • Supporting documents attesting that the applicant fulfils all the required conditions for the scholarship, namely certificates of all the academic degrees obtained, with the final average grade and marks in all subjects;
  • The applicant’s detailed Curriculum Vitae;
  • Copy or accessible links of relevant scientific publications authored or co-authored by the applicant;
  • (Optional) Additional documents such as reference letters (maximum 2) as well as proofs of internships or of additional courses or training taken by the applicant.

The documents can be submitted in Portuguese or in English. However, an English version of the cover letter always needs to be included (to analyse the applicant’s English proficiency).

Deadline: Applications will be accepted between September 7, 2017, to September 21, 2017.


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