Selection and Ranking Criteria
The selection and evaluation of candidates will be conducted by a jury consisting of the Scientific Commission of LiSP, chaired by a PhD in Social Psychology unaffiliated with the participating institutions. This committee will assess the merit of the applications and produce an ordered list of candidates.
The selection of candidates will occur in three phases: 1) evaluation of the eligibility of candidates; 2) evaluation of the applicants’ documents on a scale from 1 to 5; and 3) presentation of projects and discussion with the Commission.
Phase 1: Exclusion of incomplete or inadequate applications. Applications that do not meet the admission criteria will be excluded (see points 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 of the current Call); moreover, foreign applicants who do not comply with the conditions set by FCT and outlined in point 2 of the current Call).
Phase 2: Evaluation of the application.
- Merit of the candidate (40%), This evaluation will be made by the scientific coordination committee considering the candidate’s previous training (degree, area, marks); the quality of the CV on the research area (previous research experience, publications, scientific communications). The evaluation will be given in a 1 to 5 scale.
- Quality of the research project (40%). This evaluation will result from the evaluation report from the internal leading reviewer and the report from the scientific coordination committee, both based on the reports from two independent reviewers. This evaluation includes the scientific and innovative merits of the project in an international perspective, the feasibility of the work plan and the fit of the project to the programme goals. The evaluation will be given in a 1 to 5 scale.
- Fit of the project in the area of social psychology (20%) according to the guidelines presented in attachment to this Call (see article 5 of point 4 of the current Call). The evaluation will be given in a 1 to 5 scale.
Phase 3: Project presentation and discussion
Based on the ranking of the candidates in phase 2, candidates with a score above 2.5 will be invited to present their project (15 minutes) and discuss it with a panel of researchers (maximum 20 minutes) in person or via skype. A final ranking of the candidates will be available after this session.
Evaluation of the interview will be made according to the following criteria: a) demonstration of abilities to autonomously discuss the project, namely through a clear presentation of its ideas; the knowledge about the relation between these ideas and the relevant literature on the topic; the knowledge about the methodologies to be used; and the ability to discuss the main theoretical, methodological or applied contributions of the project; b) demonstration of critical thinking in the presentation of the project and in the discussion of the questions raised by the evaluation panel; c) demonstration of spoken english skills; d) merit of the project
Members of the scientific coordination committee will not be involved in the evaluation of candidates that have indicated them as potential supervisors.