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International Neuroscience and Physiology Doctoral Programme
Fundação Champalimaud

INPDP programme


The International Neuroscience and Physiology Doctoral Programme (INPDP) provides students with an integrative, state-of-the-art education in either Neuroscience or Physiology & Cancer. A central goal of the programme is to foster inquiry and discovery by encouraging active participation, critical thinking, and problem-solving by the students. After an intense but brief course work period, training is focused on graduate research work. Rotations in several labs of choice will allow students to get acquainted with the research being conducted in different laboratories before selecting a group and research project. 

Degrees are granted by our academic partners, the Universidade Nova de Lisboa or the Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada through our accredited INDP doctoral track.


Our Students, Our Team


We seek talented students to work in a supportive, inclusive, and collaborative environment that trains individuals to participate in the process of scientific inquiry leading to discoveries. Emphasis is given to diverse thinking, positive behaviour support, and well-being as core elements for creativity, critical thinking, and leadership.

Our Team

Programme Director: Joe Paton

Education Committee: Adriana Sánchez-Danés, Alfonso Renart, Christa Rhiner and Susana Lima

Graduate Studies Office: Thiago Carvalho, Teresa Dias and Jorge Henriques 

Inquiries regarding INDP applications must be sent to: appindp@research.fchampalimaud.org

Close Mentorship


 Program Summary Flow Chart

Mentoring is not a fixed equation, and it requires learning about how each student got to where they are today. As mentors, we guide students to conduct high risk/high gain research, and to become independent scientists while reaching their full potential as individuals. Students come from all over the world and from a range of backgrounds, including the life sciences, physics, psychology, mathematics, and computational sciences. 

Each student is supported by a Thesis Committee, selected by the students, composed of two Faculty members other than the supervisor. In addition, students have a task force that is self-organised and communicates issues regarding their life at CR with the programme leaders. Every year, students meet with the CR Scientific Advisory Board, and with the Graduate Programme’s Scientific Advisory Board.

Requirements for admission


Applicants must hold a Master’s degree and/or a 4+ year undergraduate degree by the time classes start. Successful applicants must demonstrate the ability to tackle difficult intellectual challenges, to learn new skills and ways of thinking and to work passionately as part of a research team. Predoctoral training in quantitative disciplines (e.g. physics, mathematics, computer science), biological sciences (e.g. biology, medicine, bioengineering) or related fields is preferred. High proficiency in the English language is crucial for the applicant’s success since this is the official language at the Champalimaud Research Programme. 

At the time of the application, candidates should select if they are applying to the Neuroscience or Physiology and Cancer tracks. However, candidates can choose both, in which case they must indicate the reasons for applying to the two tracks in their personal statement. Note that the selection of both tracks at the application time does not commit the student but will help either selection committees to evaluate candidates better. Preselected candidates will be invited to an open house for final selection. Top evaluated candidates will receive full financial support to participate in classes and conduct research for 5 years with possible extensions.   

The Champalimaud Center offers a vibrant academic environment including weekly scheduled international guest seminars, cutting-edge core facilities, and interactions with cancer clinic and psychiatry researchers.  

The INPDP 2021 call is now closed. If you wish to receive an email notification when the next call opens, please fill in this form.

Inquiries regarding INDP applications must be sent to: appindp@research.fchampalimaud.org



INPDP application timeline

2021 INPDP application timeline

Open call: February 1 - March 3

Interviews and open house: March 24 - 26

Final results: April 15

Candidate acceptance deadline: May 1

INPDP 2021 edition starting date: September 13

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