Three Minute Thesis Competition

The 3MT-UAlg Competition aims to develop communication and dissemination skills in doctoral students by presenting complex ideas in a simple, efficient, and creative manner to diverse audiences.


  • All students enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Algarve are eligible for this competition
  • The deadline for individual application to the competition is defined and announced on the University of Algarve website in each annual edition and disseminated through institutional email
  • Candidates cannot apply to more than one scientific area in the same edition of the competition Winners of each edition cannot reapply in another edition of the competition
  • Only applications that fully and cumulatively meet the eligibility conditions set for each edition and in this regulation will be accepted

Competition applications are submitted in the following areas:

  • Social Sciences
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Engineering and Technologies
  • Natural Sciences

Prize Operation

Participation in the competition involves an oral presentation lasting a maximum of three minutes, focusing on the importance and impact of the student's research, using a single slide.

The competition consists of two phases:

  • Phase 1 (selection): Students submit two files: a video of their three-minute presentation and a PDF of a single slide. The jury selects the five finalists from each area based on the criteria defined in Article 8.
  • Phase 2 (final): Students qualified in the previous phase participate in the final phase, delivering an oral presentation to the jury and the public, during which the winner and second-place student are selected.


Monetary prizes, the amount of which is defined in each edition, will be awarded to the students placed 1st and 2nd, and possibly sponsored by external partners to UAlg.

If the panel considers awarding prizes ex aequo, no more than two prizes will be awarded in each classification.

Finalists and awardees will also receive merit recognition diplomas.

Participation certificates will be awarded to all candidates.


It runs from 15 February to 22 March 2024.

The applications are made exclusively through an online form that will be available during the application period.

Contest Jury (2024 edition)

Bruno Silva, Professor Coordenador da ESEC

Jorge Semião, Professor Coordenador do ISE

Leonor Cancela, Professora Catedrática da FMCB

Margarida Castro, Professora Associada com Agregação da FCT

Marisol Correia, Professora Coordenadora da ESGHT

Vera Novais, Jornalista do Observador

Prize Awarding

The prize will be awarded at a public ceremony on a date to be decided.


Rules of the Three Minute Thesis Competition UAlg
3MT UAlg Brochure