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Admissions to the next GABBA Edition


Admissions to the 21st Edition of GABBA

Admissions to the 21st edition of the GABBA Program will be open between the 4th and the 22nd of September 2017.

To apply please go to ICBAS applications

Interviews will take place between the 2nd and the 4th of October 2017, at ICBAS (Rua de Jorge Viterbo Ferreira n.º 228, 4050-313 Porto).

In exceptional cases, the interview may be done through Skype (Audio & Video).

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Secretary of the GABBA Program – Catarina Carona.


Guidelines for Admission

Candidates must hold a University MSc degree or equivalent in any branch of Biological, Biomedical or Natural Sciences. Candidates with First University degree marks lower than 14 (out of 20) or equivalent (< 70%) will not be considered, regardless of the marks obtained for more advanced education (e.g. Masters degree).

Candidates should be fluent in English.

After online submission, the eligible candidates will be interviewed by members of the Program's Scientific Committee and other members of the teaching staff. Important assets to bring to the Program are creativity, originality and evidence of depth in knowledge. Previous research experience is viewed as an advantage. 

Numerus clausus

The Program accepts a maximum of 9 students per year fully funded by bursaries from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), according to its regulations.

Additional information (extracted from FCT regulations)

- At the time of submission, all candidates have to prove the academic degree required for admission to the program.

- If the degree was obtained in a foreign university, it must be recognized or registered by a Portuguese University.

- Candidates from third countries (outside EU) are only eligible to apply, if they hold a valid residence permit or are beneficiaries of long-term resident status, at the time of submission.

Please see as well the official announcement and the criteria for selection.

Download: Criteria-for-Selection.pdf


Program financially supported by
the National Foundation for
Science and Technology