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. Over a dozen PhD applicants are eligible for the Full CEU Doctoral Scholarship.

Admission to the Doctoral Program in Political Science for Academic Year 2017-2018 is now closed. The application deadline for AY 2018-2019:

TBA (23:59 Central European Time)

You can learn more about admission deadlines here.

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How to apply?

Please visit CEU's central admissions website to learn all the required information about how to fill out your application form. Please follow the link, or use the menu on the left side of the page!

Where are the application forms?

For the 2018-2019 Academic Year you can apply to each track of the PhD Program in Political Science with separate application forms. You can access the application forms on CEU's main admission website, or on the links below.

  • Application Form - PhD in Political Science, Comparative Politics track (TBA)
  • Application Form - PhD in Political Science, Political Economy track (TBA)
  • Application Form - PhD in Political Science, Political Theory track (TBA)
  • Application Form - PhD in Political Science, International Relations track (TBA)
  • Application Form - PhD in Political Science, Public Policy track (TBA)

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 Budapest, Hungary. The university is accredited in the United States 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 the School of 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!

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 some further 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 generous living allowance for up to three years. Numerous additional funding opportunities exist, such as the Doctoral Research Support Grant Program, the Erasmus Mobility Scheme, and various research and travel funds. Further information on financial aid 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: ds@ceu.edu.

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