The main objectives of the CMU-Portugal partnership in this
dual program are:
we offer students
- One program, two PhD degrees (Carnegie Mellon U. and U.
Lisboa), living practically half of the time in each town (Pittsburgh
- 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.
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
- 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
- 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.
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
- 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.