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Call for Applications / Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations 2019/2020

Call for Applications: Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations 2020/2021

Who we are

We are a close-knit, dynamic academic community that is 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 and 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.

What we offer

PhD in Political Science / This is one of the largest, most international and most competitive doctoral programs in Europe, providing aspiring scholars with the theoretical and methodological skills needed to challenge and shape what we know about politics, public policy and governance. We offer five specializations based on a system of tracks, which you can complement with a minor by doing additional coursework in a subfield.

As a doctoral student, you will be exposed to a great variety of perspectives and approaches. Aside from 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.

What tracks you can choose from

Comparative Politics / International Relations / Political Economy / Political Theory / Public Policy

Study in Vienna

Apply now and be among the first to study at our new campus in Vienna! Did you know that the Austrian capital has been ranked as the world’s “most livable city” for ten years in a row? Find out more about CEU in Vienna at

Fund your studies

In pursuit of our mission, we strive to attract world-class graduate talent from all over the world. This is why we offer generous scholarships available to students from any country. Doctoral scholarships include a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend for living expenses. Learn more at

How to apply

Admissions requirements

  • Completed online application form:
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • Master’s degree
  • Research proposal
  • Statement of purpose
  • Outline of master’s thesis or other substantial academic work

Application deadline

January 30, 2020

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Why CEU?

Students and faculty from 100+ countries

Alumni across 6 continents in top positions

Accredited in the U.S., Austria and Hungary

Generous scholarships

A community committed to academic freedom and open debate


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