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Objectives

The main objectives of the CMU-Portugal partnership in this dual program are:


What we offer students
  • One program, two PhD degrees (Carnegie Mellon U. and U. Lisboa), living practically half of the time in each town (Pittsburgh and Lisboa).
  • An extremely lively research environment. Faculty and research groups on both sides of the Atlantic are heavily engaged in high-level research, and in numerous research projects in security and dependability (CyLab, ECE, CSD, Lasige).
  • Financial support, through a number of scholarships available to cover the tuition and expenses of students in the program, regardless of their nationality.
  • The opportunity to become acquainted with the 5th most highly spoken language allover the world, i.e., the Portuguese.

Model

The model of the dual PhD attempts at capturing the best benefits from such a transnational research and education collaboration, casting them into a seamless program:

  • The CMU and the FCUL shall be equal partners in the education of the doctoral student. All students are held to the highest scientific standards and must satisfy all requirements of both the CMU and of the FCUL.
  • Work takes place in the FCUL premises and in the CMU premises in Pittsburgh. Students will have stays in both sites, typically spending a balanced amount of time at each, for an average indicative duration of 5 years.
  • These parameters can vary according to individual theses needs. Namely, under special circumstances, a sixth year is possible, subject to the approval of the student's advisors, the CMU and the FCUL.
  • A common and easily understandable set of requirements and student trajectory is devised, which the candidates pursue independently of the site where they currently are.
  • Theses will be co-advised, by CMU faculty and FCUL faculty. Theses in this program depend on previously existing co-advising arrangements having identified possible research themes. Co-advisors will visit mutually during the thesis period.
  • Both CMU and the FCUL have follow-up entities (committees, boards) to assess and track progress of candidates. In the spirit of the dual program, existing entities on each side will act in coordination but with the necessary independence of decision. Henceforth and just for the sake of reference in this document, we will designate the collective of these structures by Follow-up Structure.
  • Co-advisors and Follow-up Structure (representatives of both sides) will be collectively involved in milestone events such as the qualifying exam or the doctoral seminar, and will appreciate progress on an yearly basis through thesis completion. Video conference will be used whenever justified and/or applicable.
  • Thesis' jury or evaluation committee will include both the CMU and the Portuguese co-advisors, members of the Follow-up Structure, and external reviewers.
  • Doctoral program confers a dual degree:
    • Students registered with the CS Dpt. will obtain a PhD degree in Computer Science from CMU and Doutor em Informática, espec. Ciência da Computação from the University of Lisboa.
    • Students registered with the ECE Dpt. will obtain a PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, from CMU and Doutor em Informática, espec. Engenharia Informática, from the University of Lisboa.


A number of scholarships (CMU-Portugal Call for Applications for PhD Scholarships CMU (Carnegie Mellon University) - Portugal Program) for financial support are foreseen, to cover part or the whole of students expenses in the program. Financial support will cover, partially or totally, the following expenses: registration and tuition fees at both sides; stipend and allowance for study-related expenses. Students applying for financial support should, in the letter of intent included in their application, state clearly whether or not they have other sources of support (e.g. scholarships from state or companies) and the amount.

  • registration and tuition fees at both sides;
  • stipend and allowance for study-related expenses.

Students applying for financial support should, in the letter of intent (see Application section) included in their application, state clearly whether or not they have other sources of support (e.g. scholarships from state or companies) and the amount.


The PhD in a glance

In short, in order to complete a PhD in this program, the student must successfully fulfill the following requirements:

  • Course requirements - Achieving a given level of depth and breadth through credits obtained from a set of graduate-level courses, in a distribution of core and elective areas.

  • Qualifying Exam (Written and oral communication skills) - Assessment of candidate's skills and preliminary thesis research proposal or plan. Can serve to assess candidate's written and oral communication skills.

  • Teaching requirements - Performing or helping teaching of at least two courses.

  • Doctoral Seminar (Thesis Proposal) - Semi-public presentation, based on a student's technical report or paper. Can serve to present the final thesis proposal or prospectus.

  • Defense of dissertation - Involves delivery of a dissertation deliberately written for the purpose, its corresponding discussion and approval.