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Career Development

The Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), the national funding agency, runs several career development programmes for post-doctoral researchers of all nationalities, and across all research and academic fields.

The development, strengthening, renovation and sustainability of science and research entail an employment strategy that ensures the integration of highly qualified and internationally competitive scientists into research and academic centres.

For current and past career development programmes, find information here.



Currently, the Stimulus to Scientific Employment is the ongoing incentive for the hiring of researchers and the development of scientific employment strategies and policies, and to the development of scientific careers by public or private institutions.

The Stimulus to Scientific Employment is to be implemented via different instruments.

Scroll down to find detailed information in English. Detailed information and regulations are only available in Portuguese here.

Implementing the Stimulus to Scientific Employment

Individual Calls

Direct support to the hiring of doctoral researchers in all scientific areas, through annual competitions promoted by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), in order to facilitate the continuous and systematic integration of new doctorates in the institutions.


Institutional Calls

Support to the development of R&D activities stimulating and implying the hiring of doctoral researchers by the scientific institutions.

The applicants to these calls are institutions, which are then awarded the funds to hire a designated number of doctorates within their domains of knowledge.

R&D Units

Within the scope of the periodic evaluation process of the R&D Units (the latest being 2017-2018), there is a support for the planning and implementation of stimulus to scientific employment by these research performing organisations.

For more information on R&D Units, please go to here.

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