University of Porto International Scholarships

The following are the scholarships available to international students by the University of Porto in 2021, Portugal throughout the year. International students can avail themselves of these scholarships to study at the University of Porto with fully financial or partial financial aid opportunities.

In order to ensure equal opportunity for admission to its courses, as well as to reward the merit of those students with outstanding academic performance, the U.Porto promotes and/or sponsors a wide range of financial supports for its students. Included among these are:

#1 University of Porto Merit Scholarships

Aside from normal scholarships, the U.Porto awards merit scholarships each year to the students ranked at the top of their class. This scholarship consists of a monetary prize – equalling five times the minimum national salary in effect – and is intended for students enrolled in bachelor’s, master’s, or integrated masters courses who show exceptional academic performance, independently of their socio-economic status.

Merit scholarships are attributed in accordance with the General Regulations of Attribution of Merit Scholarships to Higher Education Students. The U.Porto and its faculties are responsible for the selection of the awarded students, according to the criteria and requirements set out in the Regulations.

Each year, the University of Porto also awards a set of Incentive Prizes to the best students of the 1st year of each of its 14 schools/faculties. The prizes are delivered during the commemorative ceremony of the Day of the University. The value of the prize is equal to the tuition fees.

#2 SASUP scholarships

Students enrolled in a bachelor’s, master’s or integrated master’s course at the U.Porto can apply for the scholarships awarded by the Social Services of the U.Porto (SASUP).

The scholarship consists of a monthly stipend to aid in the costs of attending the U.Porto. Economically disadvantaged students are thus supported in bearing the financial burden of not only school supplies and tuition fees, but also housing, food, transport, and other costs.


Students from Portugal, other European Union member states, or countries that enjoy a cooperation protocol with the U.Porto (excluding the International Student Statute – see Other support), according to the conditions established by the Ministry of Education and Science in the Regulations of Attribution of Scholarships to Higher Education Students, may apply for these scholarships. The scholarship is awarded and renewable on an annual basis. The deadlines and application results are published in a timely manner on the SASUP website.

#3 Scientific scholarships

Through its schools and research centers, the U.Porto sponsors and awards scientific initiation scholarships and research scholarships to holders of bachelors, masters, or doctorate degrees to obtain scientific training in research projects or in national scientific and technological institutions. The scholarship is typically one year in length, renewable for up to three years, and cannot be awarded for periods spanning for less than three consecutive months.

#4 More Scholarships at University of Porto


Attending a course at the University of Porto can be financed with study and research scholarships awarded by external institutions, government entities, or partner institutions of the U.Porto through national and international agreements and partnerships.

Included among the institutions that provide these kinds of support are the Portal of Portuguese Communities – Portal das Comunidades Portuguesas, the Camões Institute – Instituto Camões, the Foundation for Science and Technology – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), the Santander Universidades programme, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – Fundação Caloust Gulbenkian, the Millennium BCP Foundation – Fundação Millenium BCP, or the UT Austin Portugal, CMU Portugal and MIT Portugal programmes.

Candidates for such scholarships include, for example, students from Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP), on the basis of the historic ties that unite Portugal with Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Mozambique.