Apply for one of the largest, most international and most competitive doctoral programs in Europe!

Apply for one of the largest, most international and most competitive doctoral programs in Europe!

CEU’s Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations is a close-knit, dynamic academic community, home to about 50 permanent faculty members and over 100 doctoral students from all over the world. Committed to teaching and research across disciplinary and organizational boundaries, our school brings together the expertise of CEU’s Departments of Political Science, International Relations, and the School of Public Policy. We are also part of the European Graduate Network, a vibrant platform for sharing research among eight world-leading institutions.

Program offered

As a doctoral student, you will be exposed to a great variety of perspectives and approaches: besides your permanent supervisor, you will also work with a supervisory panel, and may join student-faculty research groups or research centers. There will also be plenty of opportunities for you to network with top scholars, spend a semester abroad, gain teaching experience at a partner university and take part in conferences, summer schools and workshops, on and off campus.

Choose your track


Why CEU?

  • Students and faculty from 115 countries
  • Alumni on 6 continents in top positions
  • Generous scholarships
  • Accredited in the U.S. and Hungary
  • A community committed to academic freedom and open debate

Meet the community

Want a sneak peek into life on campus? Check what CEU has in store for students all year round. For first-hand experiences, connect with CEU students and alumni or catch up with our #MyCEU series, where students, staff and faculty tell their CEU story.

Scholarships available

Apply by January 31, 2019 to study at CEU with financial aid. Doctoral scholarships include a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend for housing and living expenses.


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CEU today and tomorrow

Find out here how recent changes to Hungary’s higher education legislation may affect future CEU students. In all circumstances, you can apply to CEU with confidence and look forward to studying for a doctoral degree in a welcoming and world-class academic community!