MIT Portugal PhD and executive master's programs are soliciting applications for 2016-17. Graduate courses are a partnership between five Portuguese universities and MIT, and are funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. Doctoral programs offer 40 PhD scholarships (10 in each focus area), take place in both Portugal and at MIT, and cover research in the fields of bioengineering systems, sustainable energy systems, transportation systems, and leaders for technical industries. PhD programs are completed in three to four years, of which six to 12 months may be spent at MIT. The deadline for doctoral applications is April 13, and the deadline for the executive master’s is June 13.
Research undertaken in these programs addresses real world challenges, such as developing a surgical superglue for the little hearts of babies born with congenital heart disease, creating a smart meter to save electricity through tailored efficiency measures, designing a Rail Bike adaptor to ride abandoned railways, or optimizing airline allocation and scheduling problems. Some of these innovations have moved to the startup environment, while others continue under development. They are all examples of what happens at MIT Portugal: innovation focussed on industry and sustainable development.
Since its foundation in 2006, MIT Portugal has proven to be a fertile environment for entrepreneurship, in which 16 startups have been created. Alumni from both courses work in Portuguese companies, such as Renova or PT, multinationals such as Rolls-Royce, international organizations such as OECD, and hospitals such as Guy’s and St. Thomas in London. Those who chose to pursue an academic career have found positions at Portuguese and international research institutions, from MIT to King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). MIT Portugal presents students with a unique opportunity to follow diverse and enriching career paths.
Courses are taught in English and held in an international environment with students representing over 28 nationalities. Students may also take part in testbed projects including Sustainable Cities, developed in partnership with EDP, ADENE, and the Lisbon City Council; Stem Cell Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, supported by Crioestaminal and Lisbon’s Santa Marta Hospital; and Introduction of Advanced Materials Technologies, supported by Embraer and Optimal. In Portugal, the University of Lisbon, New University of Lisbon, University of Coimbra, University of Porto and University of Minho take part in the program.
Applications accepted through April 13.
· Bioengineering systems
· Leaders for technical industries
· Sustainable energy systems
· Transportation systems
Applications accepted through June 13.
· Bioengineering systems (advanced course)
· Technology management enterprise (executive master’s)
· Sustainable energy systems (executive master’s)
Further information on the application process is available on the MIT Portgual application page.