Applications for 2024/2025




Early Bird

  • Applications: January 15 to February 26 (from 09:00:00 until 23:59:59 GMT)
  • Interviews: on a rolling basis
  • Posting of Results: March 13
  • Registration: March 14 to 21

1st Phase

2nd Phase

  • Applications: February 27 to April 8 (until 23:59:59 GMT)
  • Interviews: on a rolling basis
  • Posting of Results: April 23
  • Registration: April 24 to May 6
  • Applications: April 9 to May 30  (until 23:59:59 GMT)
  • Interviews: on a rolling basis
  • Posting of Results: June 19
  • Registration: June 19 to 27

Last Round

  • Applications: June 24 to September 2 (until 23:59:59 GMT)
  • Interviews: on a rolling basis
  • Results: until September 4
  • Registration: until September 6

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to hold an MSc. Degree in any domain in Psychology, or an MSc. in Biology or Medicine relevant in Psychobiology (e.g. Psychiatry, Neuroscience). Other Master level degrees may be considered upon analysis of the relevance of the cv and project.

Language requirements:

Candidates should demonstrate that they have a high level of fluency and command of English (preferred minimum C1). It is not required to present an English Certificate, since your language level will be evaluated by the coordination at the time of the interview. 


Documents required for the application

  • Identification document (Passport or ID card);
  • Curriculum Vitae in English;
  • University Transcripts of Records - Original documents should be presented until October 30;
  • Motivation Letter (2 pages max.) - the motivation letter should introduce you to the selection committee, explain why you have chosen this program and why you would be a good fit;
  • Project proposal: this is a preliminary proposal for a research project (a research you would like to conduct) and should be short and concise with a maximum of 3000 words (3-4 pages), including the aim of the project and adequate references. For further guidelines you may check with the program director Professor Francisco Esteves.

You might want to consider relating your research proposal to ongoing projects at our New Experimental Psychology Lab. Check the Lab and its projects here.

  • ​Vaccination record (tetanus vaccine updated) - upon registration.

Note: Besides those mentioned above, any other documents that Applicants find relevant to their application may be included.

Note: All Degrees earned abroad, Transcripts and Certificates must be duly translated into Portuguese (if not in English, French or Spanish).


Application Process

Step 1 - Start your application

In order to start the application, you must:


After creating an account, you will receive the access data in your email. Once you have access data, you may proceed to formalize your application on .

If you do not remember your username or password, you should access the email address and follow the instructions to recover your username or password.


Step 2 - Pay the application fee

After you have filled your application and uploaded the required documents, you will need to pay the non-refundable application fee. Please note that your application will not be considered completed until the application fee is settled.

Step 3 - Additional information

After the application, an interview will take place with the candidate (interviews with international candidates can be held by Zoom). This step may be requested by the Selection Committee.

Step 4 - Final decision

The Selection Committee reviews your application and makes a final decision.

Please note that:

  • the Selection Committee decision is final and conclusive;
  • regardless of the outcome of your application, you will receive a personalized e-mail, which will mention your name, as well as the final decision of the committee;
  • If accepted to the program, the personalized email will also contain information regarding registration.
  • Students are not allowed to apply more than once per Intake (double applications will not be considered and related application fees will not be refunded).​




Admissions Office - PhD


Phone: (+351) 217 214 281