Research Grant n.º 2/2023

Research Grant n.º 2/2023

Applications from January 31, 2023 to February 13, 2023





In accordance to art. 8 of the Research Grants Regulation of the Foundation for Science and Technology, with the financial support of the FCT/MCTES through national funds (PIDDAC), and within the scope of the Programmatic Project of CEDIS 2020-2023 (Ref.UIDP/00714/2020) a call for applications is hereby launched for 1 (one) Research Scholarship (BI), for a student enrolled in a Masters Degree, to collaborate in the Postdoctoral Research Project of Doctor Laura Íñigo Álvarez, hosted by CEDIS, Centro de R&D on Law and Society (UI0714), at NOVA School of Law – Faculty of Law, Lisbon NOVA University.

Duration: The scholarship lasts for 6 months, with the possibility of renewal for an equal period up to a maximum of 12 months. The scholarship amount is eight hundred, seventy-five euros and ninety-eight cents (€875,98), with monthly payment by bank transfer.

Object, Objective and Activities: provide support and research assistance in the postdoctoral research project of Dr. Laura Íñigo Álvarez on business and human rights, with a focus on extrajudicial remedies and the grievance mechanism, at National Contact Points, for the OECD Guidelines for Business Multinationals. This project aims to analyze a selection of out-of-court remedies to business-related human rights abuses with the aim of determining how to improve their effectiveness in line with the criteria set out in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). In this regard, the fellow will assist Dr. Laura Íñigo Álvarez in assisting the investigation, through the analysis of case studies, writing blog posts and policy briefs, and helping to coordinate webinars and events and collaborating in the dissemination of research through podcasts and the newsletter.

Admission requirements and assessment parameters:

  1. a) Enroll in a master’s degree in law (preferably in the area of ​​international and European business law);
  2. b) Be fluent in Portuguese and English;
  3. c) Grade history (20%);
  4. d) Letter of intent (40%);
  5. e) Relevance and adequacy of the previous path for the research project, especially in participation in research projects and activities in the area of ​​business and human rights, international and European business law, and non-judicial dispute resolution mechanisms (40%)

Publicity and deadline for submission of applications: The present Call for Applications is published in the website and facilities of NOVA School of Law and in the CEDIS website, as well as in the EURAXESS Portal, for a minimum period of 10 working days from the date of this publication. Applications may be submitted from January, 31 and the deadline for submission ends on February, 13.

Selection: The selection of candidates will be made by a jury composed of the Investigator in Charge, Dr. Laura Íñigo Álvarez, Professor Dr. Claire Bright, who presides, and by Professor Dr. Athina Sachoulidou, based on curricular assessment. If the jury deems it necessary, interviews may be held with the candidates.

Hearing of interested parties: Pursuant to article 124, no. 1, al. a) of the Code of Administrative Procedure, this competition does not require a hearing with interested parties due to the urgency of the decision to select the scholarship holder.

Form of publication/notification of results: The final results of the evaluation will be published through an anonymized list, posted in a visible and public place at the NOVA School of Law and on the CEDIS website, and candidates will be notified by e- mail.

Formalization of applications: Applications should be submitted on time and be accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae, proof of enrollment in a Masters Degree course and a copy of the history of notes, as well as the application to the e-mail, with the subject “Research Scholarship (BI) No. 2/2023”.

Model contract, final reports and evalution criteria: The model grant contract to be adopted is provided in Annex I. Annexes II and III are models of final reports to be submitted by the grant holder and the scientific advisor respectively, under the terms of the contract. The criteria for evaluating the grantee by the scientific advisor will be compliance with the plan of activities attached to the contract.

Applicable legal norms: The Statute of the Research Grant Holder, approved by Law n.º40/2004, of 18 of August, altered and republished by Decree-Law n.º 202/2012, of 27 of August and by Law n.º 12/2013, of 29 of January, by Decree-Law n.º 89/2013, of 9 of July and by Decree-Law n.º 233/2012, of 29 October, and by Decree-Law n.º 123/2019, of 28 August (available at, Research Grants Regulations of the Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P. – 2019 (available at

Other information: for clarifications or information requests, send email to  or contact 21 384 74 66, between 10h-12h and 15h-17h.

It is the duty of the scholarship holder to punctually comply with the guidelines established by the scientific advisor, to communicate to the Foundation for Science and Technology the occurrence of any fact that justifies the suspension of the scholarship and the timely preparation of a semi-annual and final report on the assessment of the program of activities developed with the grant awarded. The fulfillment of the work plan, except for justified exceptions, takes place in the premises of CEDIS and/or the Faculty of Law of the UNL.

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