The Do*Mar doctoral programme

The Do*Mar is an international doctoral programme offered by a consortium of Portuguese and Galician Universities and Research Institutes: Universities of Aveiro, Minho, Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Porto, Vigo, Santiago de Compostela and Coruña, the Instituto Español de Oceanografia and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas. The School of Biology of the St. Andrews University (Scotland), the Station Biologique de Roscoff of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France), Croisières Paris (France) and the Instituto de Oceanografia of the Universidade de São Paulo (Brasil) are associated members of the consortium.

Do*Mar has a duration of 3 years and has 4 curricular branches: i) Ocean Observation and Global Change; ii) Sustainable Use of Marine Resources; iii) Integrated Management of the Sea; and iv) Technological Progress, Engineering and Business Management. This doctoral programme requires a compulsory co-supervision by a professor or researcher at a Portuguese partner and at a non-Portuguese partner. Therefore, a mandatory mobility period and placement at a non-Portuguese institution is involved (minimum 6 months, maximum 24 months). Candidates that successfully complete the programme will receive a joint diploma issued by the Portuguese and Galician universities. A dual diploma may be issued if the mandatory away stay is in one of the associated partners.

If you plan to apply to any of the Portuguese universities of Do*Mar:
Continue in this web site, which provides information on the structure of the doctoral programme and on the application procedures to the Portuguese grant programme.

If you want to know more about Do*Mar and the Campus do Mar initiative:
If you want to know more about Do*Mar, the Galician grant programme and the Campus do Mar initiative go to

Motivation and Aims

Ocean sustainability is one of the major challenges facing socio-economic development and welfare of the World’s population. The present technologic capacity and know-how allows mankind to extract an unprecedented value form the ocean, leading at the same time to marine environment degradation and to conflicts of use. Tackling these challenges, in order to deliver the highest possible quality of life and explore blue growth opportunities, and at the same time protecting the functioning of marine ecosystems, requires building knowledge and innovation bases to address high-level problems: marine hazards, climate change, resources exploitation, ecosystem health, ecosystem-based maritime spatial planning, and technological progress.

Accordingly, the aim of the joint PhD programme Do*Mar is to train and prepare the best professionals and researchers in the field of Ocean Science, Technology and Management in their diverse economic and social applications, and promote cutting-edge research with international impact, in order to provide the sea-economy with the most effective tools to improve competitiveness at a global scale.

Governance structure

Programme Directors

Henrique Queiroga (University of Aveiro, Portugal) :
Manuel Varela (University of Vigo, Spain)

Executive Committee

Henrique Queiroga (Universidade de Aveiro)
Jesús Pedreira Dubert (Universidade de Aveiro)
Pedro Gomes (Universidade do Minho)
Rui Cortes (Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro)
Manuel Varela (Universidade de Vigo)
Gabriel Rosón (Universidade de Vigo)
Carlos Pereira Dopazo (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)
Rodolfo Barreiro (Universidade da Coruña)
Victoria Besada (Instituo Español de Oceanografia)
Aida Fernández Ríos (Instituo de Investigaciones Marinas - CSIC)

Academic Committee

The Executive Committee plus:

João Serodio (Universidade de Aveiro)
Cláudia Pascoal (Universidade do Minho)
Edna Cabecinha (Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro)
Marisa Monteiro (Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro)
José Canosa (Universidade de Vigo)
Jose Luis Soengas (Universidade de Vigo)
Juan José Pasantes (Universidade de Vigo)
María Teresa de Castro (Universidade de Vigo)
Roberto López Valcárce (Universidade de Vigo)
Isabel Rodríguez-Moldes Rey (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)
Enrique Peña González (Universidade da Coruña)
F. Javier Sanz Larruga (Universidade da Coruña)
José Antonio Orosa García (Universidade da Coruña)
Vicente Díaz Casás (Universidade da Coruña)
Begoña Santos (Instituo Español de Oceanografia)
Eva Balsa (Instituo de Investigaciones Marinas - CSIC)

The Academic Committee is responsible for the definition and update of the curriculum, and for guaranteeing that the recommendations of the Quality Assurance Committee and of the External Advisory Committee are applied. Among others, the specific tasks of the Academic Committee include approval of the curriculum, course coordinators and syllabus, approval of international experts as course lecturers, selection of candidates, approval of the students’ supervisor(s) and thesis committees, indication of PhD juries, approval of the students’ Personal Career Development Plans based on the recommendations of the supervisors and thesis committees, and definition of minimum criteria to be eligible for supervision of PhD research.

Coordinators at the Associated Partners

David Paterson (School of Biology, St. Andrews University, Scotland)
Eric Thiébaut (Station Biologique de Roscoff, France)
Michel Mahiques (Instituto de Oceanografia, Universidade de S. Paulo, Brasil)

External Advisory Committee

Jean-Perre Henriet (Ghent University, Belgium)
Maria Teresa Dinis (University of Algarve, Portugal)
Steven Gaines Morgan (University of California Davis, USA)

Application and Calls

Do*Mar will publish calls for application every year, usually in February/March. These calls will be available from this webpage and also at the websites of the AveiroMinho, Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro and Porto universities.

Applications to the 2nd phase of the 2024 edition open until October 23, 2024.

If you want to apply to the University of Aveiro
Contact person: Henrique Queiroga (

If you want to apply to the University of Minho
Contact person: Pedro Gomes (

If you want to apply to the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
Contact person: Edna Cabecinha (

If you want to apply to the University of Porto
Contact person: Natividade Vieira (


Do*Mar is funded by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, IP (Portugal) and by Xunta de Galicia (Spain).

Funding by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT)

The FCT funding includes 6 Ph. D. grants per programme edition, starting in the 2014/2015 academic year, in a total of 24 grants. Calls will be published every year announcing the terms and dates of application. The Academic Committee of Do*Mar has the responsibility of selecting the grantees, which will receive their Ph. D. studentships through contracts signed directly with FCT. Each selected applicant will be awarded 1 “bolsa mista”, which comprises a monthly stipend and supplementary support that may include tuition fees, relocation costs, travel awards and health insurance, when applicable. Ph. D. studentship stipends and the specific complementary support are detailed in the Regulations for Research Grants of the Foundation for Science and Technology ( The rights and obligations of the grantees are described in the Portuguese Scientific Research Fellow Statute (

Important notice:
Only Ph. D. students enrolled in Portuguese universities are eligible for a DoMar-FCT grant. Additionally, in order to be eligible for a DoMar-FCT grant the students need to demonstrate that they reside in Portugal at the time of application.

Funding by Xunta de Galicia
Details on the Xunta de Galica grants are available here.

Important notice:
Only Ph. D. students enrolled in Galician universities are eligible for a Xunta de Galicia grant.

Core partners