The Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program is an education, research, and innovation platform that connect Portuguese research institutions, universities and companies in cooperation with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), aiming at placing Portugal at the forefront of science and innovation in key focused areas of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).

CMU Portugal opens call for applications to eight Dual Degree PhD scholarships in the Portugal and USA. Students from all around the world are eligible to apply for this scholarship programme.

All students whose native language is not English or have not earned an undergraduate degree from a U.S. educational institution must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Scores are sent directly to CMU.

Course Level: Scholarships are available to study PhD programme.

Available Subject: Below is a list of fields of doctoral programs available through the CMU Portugal Program and their respective application deadlines. Each link will take you to an overview of each doctoral program, containing also a link to the application home page.

  • Computer Science (CS); Computer Science: Robotics (CS-R); Language Technologies (LTI); Software Engineering (SE), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE); Mechanical Engineering (ME)
  • Engineering and Public Policy (EPP)
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Technological Change and Entrepreneurship (TCE).

Scholarship Benefits: André Martins, who completed his Ph. D. in Language Technologies in 2011, in the scope of the CMU Portugal Program, recently received a European Research Council grant worth € 1.4 million euros. In Portugal, the student is covered by the FCT scholarship contract. When at CMU, the stipend of the student is covered by a different contract with CMU, which is also funded by FCT.

Number of Scholarships: Up to eight scholarships are available.

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

Any interested candidate should confirm the exact admissions procedures with Carnegie Mellon University for the specific dual degree Ph. D. Program they are interested in.

As a general guideline, students must do the following to apply for a program: (Please note that the admissions requirements will vary from department to department and the information indicated below is general.)

  • Complete online application form for admission to graduate programs.
  • Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test and have scores sent directly to CMU.
  • All students whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Scores are sent directly to Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Submit a Resume.
  • Submit a Statement of Purpose.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation.
  • Pay the non-refundable application fee.
  • Submit official Transcripts of prior academic record, indicating the first class or equivalent standing.

GRE test

On the following website – – you can register for the GRE test. In Portugal, this test can be taken in Lisbon and Coimbra. To meet the application deadline, we recommend applicants to take the required tests by September. GRE Scores are valid for five years; older scores will not be considered.

Fluency in English

The TOEFL is required for international applicants whose native language is not English.

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

Method of Application: Prospective students apply directly to the program they are interested in.

The CMU Portugal Program has a decentralized admission process. Each Ph. D. program manages its own application process. To apply, determine which dual degree Ph. D. Program you are interested in and then apply directly to that program as instructed on its webpage. The application deadline varies depending on the selected Ph. D. program.

There is funding available within the CMU Portugal Program. Please see section 5 for more information about financial support.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Candidates may apply for Computer Science, Software Engineering, Language Technologies, until December 14; for Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, until December 15; for Engineering and Public Policy until January 1, 2018, and for Applied Mathematics and Technological Change and Entrepreneurship until January 15, 2018.

Scholarship Link