ARUS Postdoc

University of Porto – Faculty of Arts

Postdoc and Internationalisation Programme in Utopian Studies

Utopian Studies

The field of Utopian Studies is transversal. The interests and methodologies of different disciplinary areas converge in it and range from Literature and Culture to Architecture and the Fine Arts, as well as Anthropology, History, Philosophy and Human Geography. Utopia is thus studied in its most diversified manifestations: literary genre, critical, creative and active social thinking, and shared artistic intervention, with the aim of transforming society.



ARUS-PT (Advanced Research in Utopian Studies in Portugal) brings together researchers from four Portuguese universities who, since the year 2000, have been working in the field of Utopian Studies with CETAPS – Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies (University of Porto and New University of Lisbon) and ILCML – Institute for Comparative Literature Margarida Losa (University of Porto).

ARUS-PT members perform their work in constant contact with Utopian Studies researchers from a variety of European countries, such as Cyprus, Spain, France, Hungary, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and Poland, and non-European countries, such as Brazil, the United States and Canada. Through these contacts, the researchers enrolled in the Postdoc Programme will benefit from qualified support for their research projects and will have ideal conditions from the development of a network of contacts with the international academic community specialised in this field of studies.

The ARUS Postdoc and Internationalisation Programme is based at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto and is open to a broad range of subjects and perspectives informed by a utopian outlook.


Programme Overview

The Programme requires that researchers stay at the University of Porto for a period ranging from six monthsto three years.

Researchers will benefit from the support of an ARUS Supervisor and, if needed, Co-supervisor (University of Porto teacher) in their area of specialisation (Architecture, Fine Arts, Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Geography, History, Literature, Sociology and Communication Sciences).

The Programme comprises the following activities:

  • Development of a research project put forward by the candidates.
  • Participation in the research activities and in the process of dissemination of results in the field of Utopian Studies of projects hosted by CETAPS and ILCML, as well as in the preparation ofapplications for international funding.
  • Participation in the training of MA and PhD students pursuing their studies at the Faculty of Arts.
  • Creation of a network of international contacts by joining the Utopian Studies Society / Europeand by presenting a paper at one of its annual conferences.
  • Presentation of a paper evincing advanced research results (ARUS scientific paper).
  • Evaluation of the ARUS scientific paper by a panel of 3 researchers in which one of them is non-Portuguese.
  • Publication of the ARUS scientific paper in E-topia or Spaces of Utopia, or in another periodical specialised in Utopian Studies (subject to confirmation by the Local Committee).
  • Intensive English language training (if needed).


Doing advanced research at the University of Porto

The University of Porto is a reference research institution in Portugal. It hosts several R&D+i centres in a variety of knowledge areas ranging from the Humanities to Science and Technology, which reflect the diversity of knowledge and competences of its 14 faculties.

The ARUS programme sets researchers at the heart of those dynamics and offers them excellence in advanced research.


Working language

English or Portuguese

Additional information




This is an open call. Please e-mail (Subject: ARUS Postdoc) the coordinator, Fátima Vieira, at for more information.


Postdoctoral programme for less than one year: €300

Postdoctoral programme for one year or more: €500

* Any other services the postdoc researchers may require are charged separately (e.g. language courses).