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On 16 September, 2021, NOVA University Lisbon joined EUTOPIA European University in a ceremony in Brussels.


Being part of this alliance will bring great opportunities to collaborate with our European partners in order to develop our mission of being a global and civic university. For NOVA this means to be a high international profile, student centred institution, that serves society through knowledge and addresses today’s global and local challenges in innovative and impactful ways.

Prof. João Sàágua, Rector of NOVA 

EUTOPIA provides opportunities such as mobility, collaborative research, shared innovation, among others, for students and staff alike, from undergraduate through post-doc, and for researchers, teachers, technical and administrative staff. The communication of these opportunities and activities with NOVA community will be initiated shortly. Some of them, however, are already available:

Opportunities for students

International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR)

The International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) is a unique student-led virtual conference that showcases the best in undergraduate research across five continents. From 27 to 29 September, undergraduates will have the unique opportunity to experience an international conference without leaving their home campus.

Students at one of the universities of EUTOPIA - which is the case of NOVA students - can participate in ICUR.
Present your research project, discuss and get feedback from other students from around the world. The abstract submissions for the 2022 edition are open until 5 June.

More information


Created within the EUTOPIA Alliance, an ambitious union of nine-like minded European universities, the EUTOPIA Student Think Tank announces the creation of a platform to empower students to share knowledge and ideas. When it comes to research, it has a central part in the educational experience of students at universities. While conducting research, students can find answers to pending questions, fill gaps in knowledge and gain valuable insight into their particular field. Their developed expertise can play a leading role in improving civil society. The EUTOPIA Student Think Tank is dedicated to building a platform to share knowledge and incubate new ideas to contribute to the progress of society. Run by a highly diversified group of student researchers, it allows students to publish their works and recommendations. It also offers skill-training to engage the student community in policy-shaping and policy-making processes to create positive impacts in society. The importance of such an initiative stems from the central role of education in one’s life by making knowledge available to everyone.

Get empowered, inspired and engaged with the EUTOPIA Student Think Tank!

EUTOPIA TeamWork: A new cross-campus, challenge-based, problem-solving programme for students! 

TeamWork is a part-time, virtual international programme taking place during summer 2022. It aims to bring together multi-disciplinary teams of students from EUTOPIA universities to collaborate and work together online, on an organisation’s project or challenge. TeamWork provides students with valuable international and intercultural experience and skills to enhance their employability, whatever their chosen career path.
Partner organisations and challenges will be selected in early 2022. Stay tuned for more info on how to participate.
Learn more.

Opportunities for faculty and researchers

PhD Programme in co-tutelle 2022 

The EUTOPIA PhD co-tutelle programme supports high-quality PhD projects in all research areas 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. It is expected to lead to high-quality research projects with global impact, providing exciting research opportunities for PhD or doctoral candidates. They shall take full advantage of the vibrant scientific environment of the EUTOPIA alliance. This year, only six universities are active in the programme:  

  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) 
  • CY Cergy Paris Université (CYU) 
  • Warwick University (WU) 
  • Ca’Foscari University of Venice (Ca'Foscari) 
  • Nova University Lisbon (NOVA) 
  • Babes-Bulyai University (UBB) 

The submission period for applications will take place between March, 30th and May, 06th (12 am, CET time). Applications must be presented by the PhD projects' supervisors (academics from EUTOPIA partner universities). PhD candidates are not entitled to apply directly to the call. 

Regarding NOVA, a set of 6 PhD scholarships is open, depending on the quality of the projects received. Since this is a joint PhD programme, the aim is to have NOVA projects combined with one of the three Universities in the alliance, namely: CY Cergy Paris Université, Vrije Universiteit Brussel or Warwick University.

Call description, call guidelines and application form.

Second call for EUTOPIA Science and Innovation Post-Doctoral Fellowship Programme – EUTOPIA-SIF (CLOSED)

The call targets prospective and ambitious post-docs from all over the world, including Western Balkans, from five areas: Materials engineering, Data & Intelligence, Health, Sustainability, Welfare & Inclusion and offers a two year competitive MSCA salary at the selected EUTOPIA university, secondment – both academic and non-academic and a rich training programme. More information.

Fernandes Fellowships

Visiting fellowship scheme offered by the University of Warwick to those in research, tenure-track or early academic positions with less than 10 years postdoctoral experience. These Fellowships allow researchers to undertake a three-month visit to Warwick (possibly split over two or three visits) in order to develop long-term research collaborations. Fellows will receive a stipend of £2,000 per month; travel costs of up to £1,000; and research, support and training costs of up to £3,000. These Fellowships are specifically for researchers from European universities and applications from EUTOPIA partners are particularly welcome. Fernandes Fellowships are open to researchers working in all subject areas, with a special emphasis on:

  • Human disease, particularly reproductive health, antimicrobial resistance, cancer and ageing
  • Data, artificial intelligence and associated ethics
  • Economics, management, behavioural science and governance
  • Energy, sustainability, and circular economy
  • Analytical technologies for healthcare, life science and the environment

Applications can be submitted at any time, but visits must be completed by the end of 2022.

For more information visit the page Fernandes Fellowships or send email to Mike Haymes or John Burden.


EUTOPIA - A challenge-led, student centred, place-based, inclusive alliance

EUTOPIA European University is a connected and inclusive community of universities that share common values and agendas. Through collaborative research, challenge-based learning foregrounding pedagogical excellence, greater student and teacher mobility, and shared innovation, EUTOPIA seeks to address local and global challenges, ultimately contributing to creating a new model for higher education in Europe.

EUTOPIA European University joins University of Babeș-Bolyai in Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Pompeu Fabra University-Barcelona (Spain), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), CY Cergy Paris University (France), Technische Universität Dresden (Germany), University of Gothenburg (Sweden), NOVA University Lisbon (Portugal), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), Ca’Foscari University of Venice (Italy) and University of Warwick (United Kingdom).

The Alliance later expanded its strategic partnerships by signing the Global Partners Charter with 4 other universities: Monash University, AustraliaInternational University of Rabat, Morocco,  Stellenbosch University, South Africa Kyungpook National University, South Korea.