Page 1 of 3 International Neuroscience & Cancer Doctoral Programme INCDP 2023

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Application guidelines

Welcome to the application form for the 2023 International Neuroscience & Cancer Doctoral Programme (INCDP), organised by the Champalimaud Research Programme at the Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal.

The application form consists of two sections, each to be completed separately. 

Once you finalise a section and move to the next one, you will not be able to go back to make changes to the previous section. Please do not confirm and proceed to the second section until the first one is complete.

Section 1 - Details for two referees (names and e-mail addresses);

Section 2 - Your personal, educational and professional information, including a personal statement*, an up-to-date CV (uploaded as a PDF) and the certificate of your highest degree.** In this section, you will also be asked to choose one of the following tracks: Neuroscience or Physiology & Cancer.

*Instructions for the personal statement:

In the personal statement, you should tell us about yourself, your research interests and experience, and your reasons to pursue a Ph.D. Help us understand more about you by including details other than your application data or references. 

The personal statement should not exceed 2 pages (A4, Calibri or Times, 12pt single spacing). Please make sure you address:

1. What is your research experience so far? What have you been pursuing and why? How did you benefit from it and where it led you?

2. What motivates you to study the track you are applying to?

3. What questions interest you the most? How might you contribute to answering them?

4. How can you contribute and what do you expect to gain from our Ph.D. Programme?

** Information on the highest degree

If you do not have the certificate by the application deadline, you may submit a statement from your university mentioning the completed courses and expected graduation date. Please take into consideration that you must have completed your degree by the time the semester starts in September, 2023.

Additional information

All applications will be treated in full confidentiality and accessed only by the Selection Comittee and by the Graduate Studies office throughout the recruitment stage.

For any inquiries, please e-mail

The selection process will be conducted in two stages, with an initial selection of the candidates based on the submitted applications.  All applicants will be informed of the outcome via e-mail by the end of January. 

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on-site (16-17 February, 2023).

Please save the dates and make sure you get in touch with your local Portuguese embassy/consulate if you are applying from outside Europe.

By filling in this form, you consent to the use of this information and acknowledge it is being collected exclusively for the INCDP2023 selection process. No information shall be disclosed individually, but may be used for statistical purposes. If you wish for your information to be deleted (as opposed to archived) once the selection process is concluded, you may do so upon the disclosure of the results, by e-mailing

Non-discriminatory and equal access policy

The Champalimaud Foundation actively promotes a policy of non-discrimination and equal access so that no candidate can be privileged, benefited, harmed, or deprived of any right, based on age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, economic situation, education, social origin or condition, genetic heritage, reduced working capacity, disability, chronic illness, nationality, race, territory of origin, language, religion, political or ideological convictions, and trade union membership.

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