DGES Scholarships

SASNOVA is responsible for the allocation of scholarships and emergency aid (direct social support) from the Directorate-General for Higher Education (DGES), to students in the 1stand 2ndcycles at NOVA University, with the aim of making it possible for students with reduced financial abilities to begin and continue their studies.

The scholarships awarded are paid directly by the DGES on a scheduled date, and the monthly allowances are paid by bank transfer. At the time of this payment, DGES sends a message to all scholarship holders who have requested to be informed of the payment. On their personal page, students can check all payments made, the number of months, the amount transferred and the IBAN of the bank account into which the transfer was made.

The DGES scholarships are co-financed by the ESF under the POISE programme as well as the Portuguese State.


Students who wish to apply for a DGES scholarship through SASNOVA must meet the following requirements, according to legislation and the Regulation for the Attribution of Scholarships to Higher Education Students (Dispatch no. 5404/2017, of 21stJune).

  1. They are or will be, enrolled and registered at NOVA University of Lisbon in the academic year for which they apply for the scholarship;
  2. They are (according to the conditions established by article 1 of Decree-Law 204/2009, of 31stAugust):

2.1) National citizens;

2.2) National citizens of European Union Member States with the right of permanent residence in Portugal or a family member thereof (in accordance with Law no. 37/2006, of 9th August);

2.3)Third country nationals:

  • Holders of a permanent residence permit (under the terms of article 80 of Law no. 23/2007, of 4thJuly);
  • Benefitting from the status of long-term resident (under the terms of article 125 of Law no. 23/2007, of 4thJuly);
  • Coming from States with which cooperation agreements have been signed foreseeing the application of such benefits;
  • Coming from States whose law, in equal circumstances, grants equal treatment to Portuguese students;
  • Stateless persons;
  • Benefitting from political refugee status.

3. Cumulatively they must meet the following requirements:

  • Have obtained academic success in the last academic year attended in higher education establishments (under the terms of article 5, paragraph e) of the Regulation for Awarding Scholarships to Higher Education Students (Dispatch 5404/2017, of 21stJune));
  • Not be holders of a higher-level degree or equivalent to the one they are applying for;
  • The family household income is insufficient for their child to continue their studies, under the terms of the valid Regulation.
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