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Funding Sources

European Social Fund 932 M€

National Contribution 164,5 M€

Targets for 2023

88% of students supported by social services in higher education will achieve their graduation degree

68% of students certified as having the Professional Higher Technical Courses (Portuguese TeSP)

75% of completed doctorate degrees.


HCOP Axis 2 goal is to increase the proportion of the population with higher education or equivalent degrees, through a training with specific general and scientific components, a technical training component and an on-the-job workplace apprenticeship in the context of the Professional Higher Technical Courses (TeSP); funding for higher education grants, as well as doctorate and post-doctorate degrees. It also includes the pedagogical training of faculty members.

Which programmed actions? For whom?

Support for higher education students through grants for underprivileged students and loans.

Higher education students which are eligible according to criteria set by internal regulations

Professional Higher Technical Courses (TeSP)


Youth between 17 and 30 years old, with complete or incomplete secondary education degrees.

Doctorate programmes and post-doctorate grants.


Bodies of the SNCT and individuals (individual doctorate grants); Doctorate researchers within R&D centres (post-doctorate grants).

Pedagogical training programmes for higher education teaching staff.

Higher Education teaching staff


Bolsas; Doutoramento; Ensino Superior; Ação social; Docentes; Formação