Lisbon Biomedical and Clinical Research (LisbonBioMed) International PhD Program at iMM

A Stronger Biomedical Research for a Better Future


Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes (iMM) is now accepting pre-applications for the 2019 class of the International PhD Program: Lisbon Biomedical and Clinical Research PhD Program (LisbonBioMed). We seek applicants who are passionate about the intersection of basic and clinical sciences, and aspire to impact 21st century biomedical research by answering questions leading to improved treatment, prevention and diagnosis of disease.


This pre-application process aims to collect information about the candidates’ intentions to join our PhD program, creating the opportunity to offer some guidance about a full application to be submitted later, when the final call is launched.



According to FCT rules, the final call will require that:

i) Candidates are Portuguese citizens, or citizens of other European Union member states; candidates from other countries must hold, until the starting date of the studentship, a valid residence permit or have acquired long-term resident status;

ii) Candidates hold a Masters degree or legal equivalent;
. When applying to the final call, candidates must submit copies of the official certificates of academic degrees obtained, with the final average grade and marks in all subjects;
. For foreign academic degrees, these have to be registered to obtain recognition by the portugueses authorities. More information can be obtained at DGES.



We strongly encourage potential applicants to pre-submit an application now, until November 18th. We shall then inform pre-applicants how to fulfill all the requirements for the final call.


To complete your pre-application, follow the PRE-APPLICATIONS tab. The pre-application deadline is November 18th, 2018.





The Program welcomes applications from highly qualified and motivated students of all nationalities, irrespective of gender, age, racial or ethnic background, career breaks or unconventional career paths.


Successful candidates will demonstrate scientific curiosity, determination to approach intellectual challenges, motivation to learn new skills and to develop novel ways towards understanding human health and disease.


English is the working language at iMM and is used throughout the Program in all instances. Therefore, a very good command of spoken and written English is mandatory.

Admission process and evaluation criteria 


The Program Directive Board is responsible for the 2-step selection process.

Step 1: Selection of candidates to invite for interview.

The Directive Board evaluates all applications based on 2 criteria:
      1. Excellence of the candidate’s academic and scientific achievements (weight 70%);
      2. Motivation letter (weight 30%)- highlighting why you want to do your PhD at iMM, and
      what would you like to achieve as a result of your studies. Please, identify also three of the
      iMM research groups (visit iMM website) whose research is most attractive to you, and
      specify the reasons underlying your preferences.This letter should be included in the single
      PDF file to be uploaded!


Outstanding candidates will be invited to interview. The two references named by these candidates will then be asked for letters of recommendation.

Step 2: Interviews.

Interviews are conducted by a Selection Committee appointed by the Directive Board, including potential supervisors and members of the Board. Interviews will be held at iMM, and may involve at-distance settings (i.e. Skype).

Five criteria will be considered in the interview:
      a) Scientific knowledge- general knowledge and specific knowledge in the field of study
          of the candidate;
      b) Ability to critically analyse and discuss scientific work conducted to date - capacity
          to identify and analyse weak and strong aspects; aspirations and future plans;
      c) "drive", motivation, initiative, originality;
      d) Broader knowledge and interests: science and society interactions; cultural and other
          societal interests and concerns;
      e) Command of English- fluency, articulation, etc.

The interviewed candidates will be ranked taking into account:
      - Evaluation from previous (step 1) round of ranking (40%)
      - Letters of reference (10%)
      - Interview (50%)