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2024 CEU Doctoral Scholarships

2024 CEU Doctoral Scholarships

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2024 CEU Doctoral Scholarships

Central European University (CEU), a private research university accredited in Hungary, Austria, and the United States, proudly announces its commitment to advancing academic excellence through the 2024 CEU Doctoral Scholarships. With campuses strategically located in Vienna, Budapest, and New York, CEU remains at the forefront of fostering a vibrant intellectual community. The university, renowned for its low student-faculty ratio and diverse international student body, continues to uphold its mission of promoting open societies. These doctoral scholarships, a testament to CEU’s dedication to empowering scholars, particularly in the social sciences and humanities, exemplify its close collaboration with the Open Society Foundations. Aspiring researchers and academics are encouraged to seize the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and the ideals of open societies through the transformative 2024 CEU Doctoral Scholarships.

CEU was founded in 1991 by hedge fund manager, political activist, and billionaire philanthropist George Soros, who provided it with an $880 million endowment, making the university one of the wealthiest in Europe, especially on a per-student basis. The university was founded in Central Europe because of a perceived need for an independent and international university for the region, in light of the fall of the Socialist Bloc and concomitant democratization.

Admission into CEU programs is highly selective. In 2021, the admission rate of the university was 13%. As of 2019, 1217 students were enrolled in the university, of which 962 were international students, making the student body the fourth most international in the world. CEU offers doctoral programs in 13 different subjects and master’s programs in 37 different subjects, in addition to 3 interdisciplinary bachelor’s programs. All programs at CEU have a heavy research focus, and all courses are delivered in small, seminar-style classes, emphasizing a low student-faculty ratio of 7 to 1.

CEU has an international reputation for high-quality postgraduate education delivered in a research-led environment. In pursuit of their mission, they strive to attract the very best graduates worldwide for their doctoral program. Candidates who apply by the financial aid deadline are automatically considered for the CEU Doctoral Scholarship, covering the full cost of tuition, complete with a monthly stipend to assist with housing and living costs.

Location: Hungary

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  • 1,680 EUR/gross/month (=1,350 EUR/net/month for students who have no other taxable income).
  • Doctoral students receive a monthly stipend to help with housing and living expenses.

** PhD stipends are taxable in Austria. PhD students are considered new self-employed individuals in Austria, and they have to file their own taxes and register at the national SVS insurance provider.

** The CEU Doctoral Scholarship is awarded for a period of 48 months in total.

 Eligibilities for CEU Doctoral Scholarships

  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and a master’s degree (or equivalent) in a related field from a recognized university or institution of higher education, or provide documentation indicating that they will earn such a degree before enrollment in a CEU doctoral course of study. Those students holding a five-year master’s degree are not required to have a bachelor’s.
  • In exceptional cases, the Department of Cognitive Science will also consider candidates who only hold a bachelor’s degree, provided it is in a discipline closely associated with cognitive science.
  • Students enrolled in a doctoral program at CEU must not be simultaneously enrolled in other institutions of higher education, and are required, at the beginning of their studies at CEU, to sign a declaration to this effect.
  • Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting standardized English language test scores.

Eligible Regions: Open for all.


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline01 February,2024
Open toopen for all
OrganizerCentral European University



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