In accordance to art. 8º 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 Strategic Project of CEDIS 2020-2023 (Ref. UIDB/00714 /2020), a call for applications is hereby launched for 1 (one) Research Initiation Scholarship (BII), for an undergraduate student enrolled in a law course, to collaborate in the knowledge center Observatory of Portuguese Legislation, coordinated by Professor Francisco Pereira Coutinho, 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 €486.12 (four hundred and eighty-six euros and twelve cents), with monthly payment by bank transfer.


Object, Objective and Activities: provide support and assistance to research carried out by the Portuguese Legislation Observatory. The main activities to be carried out are:

1) Research and support in the elaboration of the Portuguese Legislation Bulletin;

2) Data entry and maintenance of the Observatory’s Relational Database;

3) Preparation of applications for national and international research projects to ensure funding for the Observatory of Portuguese Legislation;

4) Support for the organization of workshops, conferences and publications by the Portuguese Legislation Observatory.


Admission requirements:

  1.  Proof of enrollment in a law degree course;


Assessment parameters:

  1. Grade history (40%);
  2. Motivation letter (40%);
  3. Relevance and suitability of the previous path for the project (20%).


Publicity and deadline for submission of applications: The present Call 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 September 14, 2022 and the deadline for submission ends on September 28, 2022.


Selection: The selection of candidates will be made by a jury composed of the Coordinator of the Observatory of Portuguese Legislation, Professor Francisco Pereira Coutinho, who will be presiding, Professor Graça Canto Moniz and Sónia Rodrigues co-coordinator of the Observatory of Portuguese Legislation, 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 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 detailed curriculum vitae, proof of graduation and a copy of the history of notes and proof of enrollment in an academic course conferring or non-conferring degree, as well as a letter of intent written in English  to the e-mail, with the subject “Research Initiatio Grant (BII) No. 1/2022”.


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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