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Portuguese Institute for Cooperation and Language

PortugalGrants for Portuguese development NGOs — and scholarships for individuals in Portuguese-speaking developing countries — in subjects of sustainable development

Principal Office: Portugal

Within Portugal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Portuguese Institute for Cooperation and Language (O Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I. P.) administers Portugal’s development cooperation. Development cooperation focuses on the Portuguese-speaking developing countries other than Brazil.

Programs of bilateral aid emphasize governance, education, health, and sustainable development. Under the theme of sustainable development, Portugal funds projects in agriculture, natural resources, and water and sanitation.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

1 — Co-Financing of Portuguese Civil Society for Development Cooperation. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports Portuguese development NGOs which have legal status, and which meet other specified criteria. .

About Portuguese civil society, and support for projects

APPLICATION: Portuguese civil society organizations register with Camões IP to be eligible.  Camões IP calls for proposals from these registered organizations.

Link to application forms

2 — Scholarships for Developing Countries. Portugal offers scholarships in partner developing countries for higher education (or final years of secondary education) at national institutions. It also supports qualified individuals in these countries for studies in Portugal.

About scholarships

APPLICATION: Camões IP publishes guidelines in Portuguese and English to explain scholarship eligibility and how to apply.

About how to apply

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries

Portugal’s priority partners for bilateral development cooperation are indicated below.

Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands: Timor-Leste

Sub-Saharan Africa: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Principe

Note: Grant-funded Portuguese NGOs engage in countries in addition to those listed above.


The website of Camões IP is available in Portuguese.

Camões IP is a new and evolving organizational structure (established in 2012) to integrate Portugal’s development cooperation with the country’s international programs in education, culture, and Portuguese language.

Camões IP provides contact information for its offices in Lisbon.

The Portuguese Platform of Non-Governmental Organizations is an umbrella organization of more than 50 Portuguese NGOs engaged in development activity. The platform offers a directory of its members, news, and online access to documents.

Last Profile Review

 November 2015