3 Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, Institute of Contemporary History (NOVA University, Lisbon)

3 Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, Institute of Contemporary History (NOVA University, Lisbon)

IHC — Institute of Contemporary History (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa)
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Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
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From - Until
01.01.2021 - 31.12.2023
Connections Redaktion, Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics, Universität Leipzig

The IHC — Institute of Contemporary History (NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Lisbon) has an open call for applications for three (3) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, funded by national funds through the Foundation fos Cience and Technology and MCTES (PIDDAC).

3 Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, Institute of Contemporary History (NOVA University, Lisbon)

The fellowship will have a maximum duration of three years, during which each of the fellowship holders must carry out a research project in the field of History, although they may also articulate History with other scientific fields. The project must be designed within the scope of Modern and Contemporary History, understood as the period between the present day and the end of the 18th century; but, once again, fellows may combine the study of this period with that of previous periods. The project does not have to be limited to the study of the Portuguese historical reality or the study of the historical reality of Portuguese-speaking countries. It is not mandatory for the fellows to have skills in the Portuguese language, but they should acquire them during the scholarship period.

The specific topic of the project will be defined by the fellows themselves in the research proposal to be included in the application, under the terms defined by this notice. The specific topic will have to be in one or more of the following fields: Economic and Social History; Economic History; History of Economic Thought; Political Economy. The project may also articulate the referred fields with others, namely: History of Social Movements; Environmental History; Science and Technology Studies.
Fellows will join the IHC research team, assuming tasks of scientific research and dissemination, namely: publication of papers in journals with international impact; submission of applications for national and international funding; participation in the organisation of research seminars. Additionally, fellows will join one of the IHC’ Research Groups and should participate in the activities of one of the Thematic Lines of the IHC current strategic plan.

Additional questions should be directed to: ​ihc.concursos@fcsh.unl.pt​.

Applicable Legislation​:

Research Fellow Status and the ​Foundation for Science and Technology Fellowships Regulation​.

Place of work​:

The project will be developed at the premises of the Institute of Contemporary History, at the NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities, in Lisbon, under the scientific supervision of the President of the Board of the IHC or of an IHC integrated researcher indicated by the fellow.

Duration of the fellowship​:

Fellowships will be granted for 12 months, starting in January 2021, with up to two renewal periods (36 months total).

Monthly stipend​:

Fellows will receive a monthly stipend (tax free) of 1600 EUR, paid by bank transfer, in accordance with the ​values determined yearly by the Foundation for Science and Technology in Portugal​. Fellows may also adhere to the Voluntary Social Insurance scheme and will also have a Personal Accidents Insurance. Portugal has a universal public health system (SNS) available to all legal residents.


Applicants will be selected according to A) their scientific and professional career and B) their research proposal.

A) The evaluation of the scientific and research career will cover:

a.1) The quality and relevance of the PhD Thesis conducted by the applicant and its contribution to historic knowledge [0-30 points];

a.2) The publication of papers in scientific journals with peer review, the participation in scientific research projects with competitive funding, and the presentation of talks in congresses or other scientific meetings [0-20 points].

B) The evaluation of the applicant’s research proposal will cover:

b.1) The relevance, quality, and topicality of the research plan and its contribution to the renewal of the already referred scientific fields [0-50 points].

Applicants with a grade less than or equal to 70 points will not be admitted for lack of merit.

Selection Panel:

Pedro Aires Oliveira, Assistant Professor, NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Maria Inácia Rezola, Adjunct Professor, ESCS — School of Communication and Media Studies
Manuel Loff, Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto
João Pedro Amaral Cabouco Rodrigues, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra
José Manuel Viegas Neves, Assistant Professor, NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities Substitute Member:
Maria Fátima Nunes, Full Professor, University of Évora

Notification of results​:

The final results of this call will be communicated by email to all applicants and advertised at the facilities of the Institute of Contemporary History, in accordance with Art. 12 of the Foundation for Science and Technology Fellowships Regulation.


The call is open between ​16 October and 20 November 2020​. Applications must be submitted via email to ​ihc.concursos@fcsh.unl.pt​, with “IHC/04209/2020/BIPD” in the subject line, and with the following documents as PDF attachments:

1. Curriculum Vitae​;
2. BSc, MSc, and PhD certificates, including grades. Applicants that obtained their degrees outside of Portugal, must have all titles recognised in Portugal. In order to comply with Portuguese legislation concerning the recognition of foreign qualifications, all the rights inherent to PhD degree holders granted by foreign higher education institutions are duly recognised, subject to the presentation of proof of recognition of the degrees requested to the Vice-Chancellor of a public Portuguese University, to the Head of a public Polytechnic Institute or to the Director-General for Higher Education (process regulated by Decree Law No. 66/2018, of 16 August). Applicats that have not had their titles recognised in Portugal yet will have their applications conditionally accepted. If the fellowship is awarded, the recognition of the degrees in Portugal must be completed when signing the contract.
3. Research proposal, organised according to the following sections and character limitations:
3.1. Title of the project/research plan (maximum 250 characters);
3.2. Abstract (maximum 1500 characters, including footnotes and final notes) 3.3. State of the art (maximum 3000 characters, including footnotes and final notes)
3.4. Research plan and methodology (maximum 5000 characters, including footnotes and final notes)
3.5. Bibliographic references (maximum 30 references).
4. PhD thesis (it should be submitted as an attachment or via Google Drive link)

The absence of any of the documents required above or failure to observe the character limits established in each item of the Research Proposal will result in the exclusion of the application.

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