Research Initiation Scholarship (BII) (1 vacancy) 2021

Reference: BII _2021_5_UIDB/04345/2020
Scientific area: Psychology

A call for bids for a scientific initiation fellowship (BII) is open within the scope of the R&D institution, Psychology Research Centre - CIP, of Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, with reference UIDB/04345/2020 and the financial support of the FCT/MCTES through national funds (PIDDAC). The conditions are as follows:

Mandatory admission requirements:

Undergraduate student in Psychology (attending 2nd or 3rd year) or Master in Psychology (attending 1st year)

Preference criteria

- Frequency of the 1st year of the Master's Degree in Psychology;

- Schedule availability.

Work plan:

Integration into a research project in Psychology, specifically with data collection and transcription of qualitative clinical interviews. The objectives to be achieved are: 1) obtaining a set of research protocols filled out by the research participants; 2) obtaining the transcripts of a set of clinical interviews for further analysis.

Applicable laws and regulations

The scholarship is awarded under Law No. 40/2004 of 18 August, updated by Decree-Law No. 123/2019 of 28 August (Statute of Scientific Research Fellows), available at Regulation for Research Grants of the Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P. in force Amendments to Regulation 950/2019, of December 16 (available at


The work will be carried out in person at the premises of CIP - Psychology Research Centre of Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, Rua de Santa Marta, 47, 3rd floor, room 304, under the guidance of Dr Rute Brites.

Duration of the scholarship (s)

The fellowship will last for 4 months, starting February 1, 2022. The fellowship contract can be renewed for up to a maximum of 8 months. A selection reserve list will be created and may be used for up to a maximum of 8 months.

Monthly maintenance allowance amount

Monthly maintenance allowance amount:

The fellowship amount corresponds to 446,12€ per month, according to the fellowships amounts table directly attributed by the FCT, I.P. in the country ( and will be paid by bank transfer, monthly, by the contracting entity. and will be paid by bank transfer, by the contracting entity.

Criteria and selection procedure

Only the three candidates who have the highest average in all the completed course units of their undergraduate program or, in the case of students attending the Master's program, the final average of the undergraduate program, will be considered for interview.

Selection will result from an overall assessment based on the following weightings: curriculum evaluation (50%), interview (40%); motivation letter (10%). Only candidates with a weighted average equal to or higher than 15 will be admitted.

Composition of the Selection Panel

President: Dr Odete Nunes; voting members: Dr Rute Brites; Dr Tânia Brandão. Substitute member: Dr Luísa Ribeiro.

Disclosure/announcement of results

The 3 candidates selected and admitted for interview are invited by email. The announcement and the final results of the evaluation will be published, by means of a list ordered according to the final grade obtained, in a public place on the website of the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa ( The selected candidate will be informed by email. All applicants will be informed of the decision by email.

Application deadline

The call is open from November 30th to December 31st 2021.

Applications must be formalized by sending a letter of application and the following documents: 1) Curriculum vitae; 2) Motivation letter; 3a) for students attending a 1st cycle course, proof of enrollment and attendance in that course, with grades obtained in the previous year(s); 3b) for students attending a 2nd cycle course, proof of enrolment and attendance in that course and a Graduation Certificate (Undergraduate Program). Applications must be sent by email to, and must include the reference of the call in the subject field BII _2021_5_UIDB/04345/2020

Failure to send any of the documents required in the application constitutes grounds for exclusion (according to Art. 10º of the Regulamento n.º 950/2019 de Research Grants da FCT).

Appeal period

After a final decision has been made and candidates have been informed, appeals must be made within 15 working days, or sent to the highest executive body of the financing entity within 30 working days.


At the end of the fellowship period, the grant holder must submit an activity report. This report must describe in detail all the activities carried out, the time spent on them and the objectives achieved.

More info here


The competition was held for the award of a Research Initiation Grant (BII) within the scope of the R&D Unit – Psychology Research Center – CIP with the reference BII _2021_5_UIDB/04345/2020, in the scientific area: P, with FCT / MCTES funding.

Six applications were received. Initially, three candidates were excluded: Barbara Ursine, for not meeting the mandatory admission requirements; Taha Ahmadi, for not meeting the mandatory admission requirements and not having training in the scientific area of ​​the contest; Rita Alexandra de Sousa Almeida, for failure to present the documents required in the Invitation to Bid.

The three remaining candidates were selected for interview: Cátia Moreira, Dulce Dias and Hélder Caldeira. At the end of the interview, the candidate Hélder Caldeira was excluded, as he develops a professional activity and cannot benefit from a grant on an exclusive basis (according to No. of the FCT).

After conducting the interviews, the jury classified the two candidates based on the following parameters: curriculum evaluation (50%), interview (40%); motivation letter (10%). The results are as follows:

Dulce Dias: 71,50%

Cátia Moreira: 70,00%

The candidate selected for the Research Initiation Scholarship was Dulce Dias.

Lisbon, January 27, 2022

The Competition Jury


Professor Odete Nunes

Effective members

Professor Ruth Brites
Professor Tânia Brandão

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