The Inter-university PhD programme in History: change and continuity in a global world (PIUDHist) began in the academic year 2008/2009 and was restructured in 2013/2014, when it qualified as an FCT PhD programme.


PIUDHist awards 4 PhD scholarships per edition, under the auspices of the FCT PhD programmes, and their attribution is regulated by its respective call for applications notice.

With its innovative curricular structure, this PhD programme encompasses four areas of specialization defined according to a thematic criterion - social dynamics and political structures; institutions and economic development; empires, colonialism and post-colonialism; intellectual and socio-cultural movements - overcoming the traditional arrangement by areas of knowledge tied to chronological periods common in History PhD's. A cross-cutting and comparative training is thus favoured, revolving around medium to long duration approaches that enhance the scientific quality of academic training and research.

PIUDHist is the first History PhD programme in Portugal to be based upon an inter-university partnership, consociating five Portuguese higher-learning institutions:

Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Universidade de Lisboa (ICS-UL)
Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa (FLUL)
ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL)
Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP)
Universidade de Évora (UE)




PIUDHist is a PhD programme with 240 ECTS. Students are supposed to complete a dissertation by the end of the 4th year of registration.


The first year (60 ECTS) corresponds to advanced learning in the field of History - in an interdisciplinary vein - and to the preparation of the dissertation project. The remaining 3 years (180 ECTS) correspond to research and to the writing of the dissertation, this process being subject to permanent monitoring.

1st semester:
Methodology Seminar (compulsory)
2 Specialized Seminars (optional, from a list of 4)
12 ECTS (6+6)
Research Design I (compulsory)

2nd semester:
2 Specialized Seminars (optional, from a list of 4)
12 ECTS (6+6)
Research Design II (compulsory)

3rd to 8th semester:
Monitoring Seminar




Admission requirements
The following will be admitted as candidates:

Holders of a master's degree or legal equivalent in the area of History or any other area of Social and Human Sciences, preference given to those with experience in research in History.

Exceptionally, holders of a bachelor's degree or legal equivalent, provided that they have a particularly relevant school or scientific curriculum and that they present letters of recommendation that demonstrate their capacity to carry out this cycle of doctoral studies.



         April 12th to July 16th, 2021 (1st call)

         August 2nd to September 3rd, 2021 (2nd call)

Enrollment (online or in person): 15th to 17th September 2021

Beginning of academic activities: September 20th, 2021

Course Schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays / after-work

Maximum number of students to admit: 15

Application process

Submission of applications: Online at

More information can be found on the website:

The application must be accompanied by the following elements:
Curriculum vitae
Bachelor's and Master's Degree Qualification Certificate
Copy of identification document
Motivation letter outlining the reasons for choosing PIUDHIST
General presentation of the doctoral preliminary project (title and objectives, up to 1000 words)
Master's thesis and, if applicable, another relevant publication, in pdf
Two letters of recommendation

Selection and Ranking Criteria

Candidates are ranked according to the score obtained in the selection process, based on individual merit. The following criteria are considered:
Degree rating: 10%
Master's rating: 25%
Experience and ability to develop advanced research: 35%
Motivation letter, interview and preliminary-doctoral project: 30%

The final decision on the ranking of applications will be communicated within one week after the closing date for the application deadline.

Candidates are ranked by the Doctoral Program coordination Committee.


The fee to be paid for the application is 50 € (fifty euros), with no refund if the candidate is excluded or not selected.

Tuition fees for the academic year 2021/2022 are as follows:
1st year - 1,375 euros.
2nd, 3rd and 4th years - 1,200 euros.