How to apply?

CEU-funded scholarships with generous stipends are offered by the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations each year. To be eligible, apply by the scholarship application deadline.

Admission to the Doctoral Program in Political Science for Academic Year  2022-2023:

The admission cycle for the academic year 2022-2023 is open. 

You can learn more about admission deadlines here. Apply by February 1, 2022

How to apply?

Please visit CEU's central admissions website to learn all the required information about how to fill out your application form.

Where is the application form?

You can apply to each track of the PhD Program in Political Science via the online application form. You can access the form on the main application page.

The Doctoral School encourages you to select carefully the track where you apply. Please familiarize yourself with the profile of each track within the doctoral program to find the one that suits your research proposal the best. We encourage you to submit your application to no more than two different tracks.

Click here to learn more about how to choose your track.

Why CEU?

Central European University (CEU) is an English-language, graduate university located in Vienna, Austria and in Budapest, Hungary. The university is accredited in the United States, Austria and Hungary. Our students come from over 100 countries and our faculty from more than 40. CEU offers small, seminar-style courses and a student/faculty ratio of 7:1. To learn more about CEU, follow this link!

Why the Doctoral School?

The Doctoral Program in Political Science — operated by the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations, together with the departments of Political Science, International Relations and Public Policy — is one of the largest, most international and most competitive programs in Europe, comprising more than 30 permanent faculty members and more than 100 doctoral students from close to 40 countries. Learn more about the program and the Doctoral School by exploring our website!

If you want to learn more about the program and admissions directly from the School Director and one of our students, you can watch a recording of the webinar we had during the CEU Virtual Open House 2021 here: Meet the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations.

Admission to the Doctoral Program

In order to get accepted to the Doctoral Program, all applicants must meet the General CEU Admissions Requirements.

School-specific admission requirements

In addition to the General CEU Admissions Requirements, the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations requires additional documents from you in your application package. Follow this link to learn more about the specific requirements.

Financial Aid

Doctoral students are eligible to receive a full CEU Doctoral Scholarship for up to three years that covers all tuition fees and a living allowance. The Doctoral School also offers thematic scholarships, such as the Yehuda Elkana Scholarship.

Numerous additional funding opportunities exist, such as the Doctoral Research Support Grant Program, the Erasmus Mobility Scheme, and various research and travel funds for enrolled students. Further information on financial aid is available here.

To be eligible for the CEU Doctoral Scholarship make sure you submit your application by the admission deadline (February 1, 2022).

Junior faculty of select OSUN institutions can apply for the OSUN Modular Doctoral Fellowship, more information is available here.

Career Paths

This highly competitive doctoral program prepares students primarily for careers in research and/or teaching at top universities worldwide.

FAQ for PhD applicants

If you have more specific questions about the application, please visit our FAQ page. You can also contact the Doctoral School with any admission-related question on the following email address:

Visiting PhDs

The Doctoral Support Program (DSP) is available to graduate students registered in an accredited PhD program at another institution of higher education. During their term at CEU, students can consult with CEU faculty and have the possibility to present and discuss their work. It is available for up to 10 months. The application process is different from the PhD in Political Science application. Please see the application information here: Doctoral Support Program (DSP) for Non-CEU Students | Central European University