The Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), the Portuguese Polar Program (PROPOLAR), the European Polar Board (EPB) and the Atlantic International Research Centre (AIR Centre) opened a call for PhD fellowships topics on “Preservation and Restoration of Polar Marine and Coastal Ecosystems and Biodiversity” to award 5 PhD fellowships in line with the Atlantic & Arctic Lighthouse of the EU Mission Restore our Oceans and Waters by 2030. These 4-year fellowships are funded by FCT and will follow FCT’s PhD fellowships Call Guidelines here.

This announcement is to receive proposals from aspiring SUPERVISORS aiming at framing a PhD student under the topic of the call within their research team. The PhD degree must be awarded by a Portuguese University. Each supervisor can submit one proposal for a PhD dissertation topic. Each proposal must include a policy component, within which students will conduct a 3 to 12 months internship at the European Polar Board (EPB). The proposals may include additional national or international co-host institutions.

Proposals will be evaluated by a panel implemented by the European Polar Board and evaluated according to logistic feasibility and scientific merit. The deadline for proposal submission is 31st January 2023.

The selected topics will be included in a call for PhD candidates closing on the 30th March 2023, following the FCT scheme. The PhD fellowships program is to start on the 1st September 2023.

The following data is requested to be included in the PhD fellowship topic proposal:

  • Title of the proposal:
  • Host-institution:
  • Other institutions:
  • Supervising team:
  • CVs of the Supervisor(s) (link to CienciaVitae or ORCID)
  • Profile of the PhD candidate (500 characters):
  • Synthesis of the project (3000 characters):
  • Logistics (500 characters) (Describe how the logistics will be supported; note that logistics need to be guaranteed by the host institution, and that proposals without logistics requirements are also accepted).

Please contact Teresa Cabrita ( for any additional information.

Link for submissions: