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




The expected number of students to admit in each edition of PIUDHIST is 15.

Students admitted to the PhD programme should meet the following criteria:
• Holders of a master's degree (or the legal equivalent in terms of ECTS awarded at an intermediate graduate level) in history or in any other field of the humanities and social sciences
• Exceptionally, in the terms of the Portuguese legal rules, holders of undergraduate or graduate courses whose CV and recommendation letters disclose the candidate's outstanding ability to undertake advanced studies in history.

The PIUDHIST Executive Board is responsible for the selection of candidates, according to the following criteria:
• Classification of degree: 10 %
• Classification of Masters: 25 %
• Experience and ability to develop advanced research: 30 %
• Motivation letter, interview and Project Proposal: 35 %

At the end of the evaluation process, candidates are ranked according to the score obtained by the application of the selection criteria.

The final decision on the ranking of applications will be made known within one month after the closing date of each period of applications.

The application to PIUDHIST should be accompanied with the following documentation:
• Curriculum Vitae
• Academic transcripts and legal proofs of the diplomas and degrees awarded
• Letter of intent stating the reasons and the motivations for choosing PIUDHIST
• Outline of doctoral dissertation project
• Papers and publications, including master's dissertation when available (pdf copies)
• Papers e publicações, incluindo a tese de mestrado, em pdf.
• Two letters of recommendation
• A photo.

All candidates to PIUDHIST will be subject to an initial screening procedure, in order to confirm the fulfillment of the above conditions. Candidates approved in principle will be short listed for interview, in person or via skype.

The acceptance of the application is determined by the Executive Commitee of PIUDHIST.

Admitted students must formalize their enrolment in the program, after each stage of the application, within 15 days after the announcement of the results.