Ph.D. in Economics and Finance


Clearing the way to your future

Deciding to pursue a PhD is a big commitment and an investment in your future. At Nova SBE we know the importance of equal opportunities and want to make sure that no student is excluded from higher education due to financial restrictions. 

Nova SBE offers fellowships and job opportunities with partners to make your PhD as straightforward as possible.

Nova SBE Research Fellowships

Nova SBE offers fellowships to the best candidates selected to start their Ph.D. in our school. The fellowship grants candidates a living stipend from 1200€ up to 1400€ and covers 90 % of the tuition fee. The duration can be from 1 year to 4 years.

Students with Nova SBE fellowships actively look for funding opportunities and are invited to apply to the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) - the Portuguese governmental entity that supports research in science, technology and innovation in all areas of knowledge.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are 3000 euros per academic year (1500 each semester). 

Students with Nova SBE Research Fellowships have their tuition fees reduced by 90% in the first year. In the following years, the reduction can be up to 90% of the tuition fee depending on academic merit. Academic merit is defined through the analysis of performance relative to the program requirements for each year.

Contact us

Clear all your doubts

Your future career waits at Nova SBE. Let us help you pursue your dreams. The Research Office is glad to answer all your questions about the experience of studying in a Ph.D. program at Nova School of Business & Economics.

On Thursdays, from 10am to 5pm

Phone: +351 213 822 712


Apply to a PhD program

Applications are open from November 1 to January 31.

Working opportunity

Students admitted to the program can decide to work as teaching assistants. Students with an FCT scholarship can have teaching assistant duties for up to 25 % of a full-time contract (circa € 375 per month).

Nova SBE hosts several research projects that often open positions for research fellowships. All positions are published on the EraCareers website, and each call has specific criteria. Students are informed about positions as they become available.

Other Research Fellowships

The 2020 application call for PhD Studentships aims to support researchers in all areas of knowledge who wish to develop research activities leading to a PhD degree.

  • Application Period: March-April
  • Results: August-September (Preliminary) / October-November (Final)
  • Duration: 1-4 years

More information here. Search for Call for PhD Research Scholarships

The NOVA University Lisbon is part of the EUTOPIA Alliance including 10 universities in Europe. As part of this network our students can compete for funding within the PhD Co-tutelle Programme which supports high-quality PhD projects co-supervised by academics of the EUTOPIA member universities. It offers PhD fellowships for 3 to 4 years, depending on the length of doctoral studies in the partner universities. Applications need to be coordinated with the supervisor upon acceptance to the PhD program.

  • Application Period: March
  • Duration: 2-4 years

More information here.

The doctoral fellowship program INPhINIT ”la Caixa” is devoted to attracting talented Early-Stage Researchers—of any nationality—who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Spanish or Portuguese territory. Sponsored by ”la Caixa” Foundation, it aims to support the best scientific talent and foster innovative and high-quality research in Spain and Portugal by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment to conducting research of excellence.

  • Application Period: February
  • Duration: 3 years

More information here.

The Fundação Oriente awards scholarships for doctorate degrees as well as research work on subjects connecting Far Eastern countries to Portugal both in the social and human sciences area and mainly on subjects related to the Museu do Oriente [Orient Museum] collections.

  • Application Period: January
  •  Duration: 12 months (renewable)

More information here.

The main goal of this collaboration program between top-tier Universities and the Jerónimo Martins Group is the development of new and important insights for the food retail sector through the development of Master’s or Doctoral academic projects.

  • Application Period: Anytime of the Academic Year through by e-mail

More information here.

The Gulbenkian Foundation offer fellowships every year. Please check their website for more information.

More information here.

National and resident students of countries with which Portugal has bilateral relations of cooperation and that wish to access and enter Portuguese higher education institutes.

  • Application Period: December
  • Duration: 12 months (renewable)

More information here.