15th Annual Doctoral Conference 2020

December 17, 2019

Annual Doctoral Conference

26-27 March 2020 - Cancelled due to COVID

CEU’s Annual Doctoral Conference (ADC) has been organized every year since 2006, providing opportunity to PhD students from CEU and partner institutions to present and discuss their research papers, test their ideas, while gaining valuable feedback from first class discussants. 

Date and Time: The ADC 2020 is held on Thursday- Friday, 26-27 March 2020
Venue: Popper and Gellner rooms

The event is hosted by the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations at CEU.


15th CEU Annual Doctoral Conference 2020

Call for papers - closed

CEU’s Doctoral School for Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations invites PhD candidates of the related academic fields to submit paper proposals for its upcoming 15th Annual Doctoral Conference (26-27 March). The best proposals will be selected for presentation and discussion at the conference in Budapest, Hungary.


The conference aims to bring together diverse submissions dealing with relevant questions, puzzles and dilemmas from Political Theory, Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations. The submissions will be subjected to an evaluation by the organizing committee in partnership with professors affiliated with the Doctoral School. Papers will be selected for participation in the Conference on the basis of merit.

Applicants are asked to submit proposals for stand-alone research papers. These can, and in most cases usually are part of the PhD candidate’s thesis project, but the proposed papers should be clearly different from an earlier submitted CEU prospectus.

A typical proposal should be around 350 words. It should clearly state the aim of the paper, identify a research problem, and should include the literature strand in which the research fits. Proposals should be submitted in .doc or .docx format, and should comply with the following formal requirements:
(1) include a title, (2) include a set of keywords (up to 5), (3) should not include identifiable information about the author within the document, (4) follow a standard filename format: SURNAME_Givenname_Institution_ADC2020proposal.docx

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Proposals should be sent to ds@ceu.edu no later than January 31st, 2020.


Decisions about the acceptance of proposals (including the panel they will be selected for) will be communicated by the organizing committee shortly after the submission deadline. Participants whose proposal is accepted for presentation need to submit the full paper (5000-8000 words) by the 17th of March. Participants whose proposals were not accepted for presentation may (and in the case of CEU students are required) participate at the conference as a discussant.

There is a limited amount of funds available to cover the accommodation of participants, which the organizing committee will award on a competitive basis. For students in the earlier stages of their career, the conference is an opportunity to train for a first contribution to a scientific conference. For students the conference provides an opportunity to gain valuable feedback from senior academics and peers alike. Please note that participation at the conference for PhD students beyond their first year at CEU’s Doctoral School for Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations is mandatory. Second year students are expected to present a paper as part of the Hungarian certificate program. However, students from other universities and institutions from all around the world are encouraged to submit proposals.  

For further information about the conference, please contact: CEU Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations       
Phone: +36 1 327 2612; Email: ds@ceu.edu, Web: https://dsps.ceu.edu/annual-doctoral-conferences