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CEU-funded scholarships with generous stipends are offered by the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations each year. Up to 18 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 open. The application deadline for AY 2017-2018:
FEBRUARY 1, 2017 (23:59 CENTRAL EUROPEAN TIME)
Application Deadlines 2017/18
FEBRUARY 1, 2017 (23:59 CET*)
Application deadline for PhD and SJD applications; deadline for Master’s applicants applying for CEU Financial Aid. All applications must be complete with relevant standard test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, etc.).
FEBRUARY 2 – JUNE 1, 2017
Application period for self-financing applicants to CEU Master’s programs. All applications must be complete with relevant standard test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, etc.). Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
JUNE 1, 2017 (23:59 CET*)
Final application deadline for self-financing applicants to CEU Master’s programs. All applications must be complete with relevant standard test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, etc.).
*Central European Time
Application deadlines for the CEU Business School (for details see the relevant program websites) and the Mundus MAPP program follow a different scheme.
Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission:
- Completed CEU Application Form 2017/18
- Letters of Recommendation
- Academic Records
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume
- Program-Specific Requirements
- Proof of English Proficiency
- Application Fee
1. Completed CEU Application Form 2017/2018
- All application materials must be submitted with the online application form(s) for 2017/18. Materials sent by postal mail, email or fax will not be considered.
- CEU charges an application fee of EUR 30. For more information, please see item 7 below.
- Please submit your application only when it is 100% final and complete. Applications cannot be edited after submission.
- Candidates may submit applications to up to 5 programs (master's and/or doctoral) offered by any academic unit at CEU. Some programs have more stringent internal limits, please always refer to the program websites for detailed guidelines.
- CEU is introducing a new online application system. The applicant portal is not in place at this point, therefore you cannot currently track the progress and outcome of your application online. We will provide updates once the portal becomes active.
- With technical problems, bugs or errors related to the online application forms please contact the CEU IT Help Desk.
- CEU does not return application documents, or provide copies thereof.
- Non-degree candidates should complete and submit the Non-degree and Visiting Student application form.
2. Letters of Recommendation
Candidates must provide two (or, for some doctoral programs, three) confidential letters of recommendation assessing their ability to conduct graduate-level work, and potential for a successful academic or professional career. The letters of recommendation must be written in English by faculty members or job supervisors (i.e. people most familiar with the candidate's academic and/or professional abilities and character).
Candidates need to register the referees in the relevant section of the online application form. Referees will receive an automated message containing a link to the referee section AFTER the candidate successfully submits the application form, and will have 7 days to complete the recommendation form/upload the recommendation (the link to the referee section expires after 7 days following receipt of the automated email).
3. Academic Records
Your online application must include a scanned image of
- an official English version OR translation of your full bachelor's (and, for doctoral programs, master's) transcript (transcript = an official report supplied by a school on the record of an individual student, listing subjects studied and grades received), including an explanation of the grading system, and
- an official English version OR translation of your bachelor's (and, for doctoral programs, master's) diploma.
- An official English translation bears the stamp and signature of a sworn translator or an authorized official of the institution that has issued the original. It should contain the stamp and signature on each page or over a folded and fastened corner of the document, and include a statement of authenticity in English.
- Candidates in the process of completing a degree program must upload an interim transcript and, in place of the diploma, a certificate of enrollment confirming their student status and, if possible, stating their expected date of graduation.
- Candidates who can download a full (though unofficial) transcript from the relevant university website may upload it to the online application in lieu of requesting a hard copy version.
- Candidates having completed their degree program and having yet to receive their diploma must upload a certificate of graduation.
- Candidates who have taken courses at more than one institution as part of their degree program need to submit an official transcript from each school, unless the transfer credits are listed in detail (course names, credits, grades) on their final transcript.
- Candidates applying for a one-year Master's program at CEU that have earned a three-year undergraduate degree and have completed or are, at the time of application, completing a Master's program at another university must submit their Master's transcript (and diploma, if already available) in addition to their Bachelor's transcript and diploma.
- The official "Diploma Supplement" issued by European institutions is not valid without an official copy (and translation if applicable) of the diploma.
4. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Candidates need to upload an updated CV or resume, including a publication list if available. CEU accepts all commonly used CV/resume formats.
5. Program-Specific Requirements
Most programs at CEU require one or several additional supporting documents for the application, such as a statement of purpose, research proposal or writing samples, standard test scores (e.g. GRE), etc. Each academic program has different requirements, which are listed in the relevant section on their respective websites.
You may want to also check the Useful Tips section for guidelines.
6. Proof of English Proficiency
Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting standardized English language test scores, e.g., the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or other tests listed below.
Candidates whose first language is English are normally exempt from this requirement. Candidates meeting the following requirements may also be exempted:
- current or former CEU students applying to CEU's doctoral programs;
- candidates who have earned a bachelor's or a master's degree taught exclusively in English.
To request exemption from the English language proficiency requirement, applicants need to answer the questions on English Language Qualifications accordingly in the Qualifications section of the online application form. Decisions regarding exemptions are at the discretion of the admissions committee for the given program and will be communicated to candidates after the first stage of the selection process.
Candidates submitting a test score of one of the English language exams listed below should upload a scan of their score report to the relevant section of their online application. The score report can also be sent to CEU directly by the issuing institution (CEU institutional code with ETS: 0069). In that case the candidate is requested to upload proof of having taken the test in lieu of the actual test score.
7. Application Fee
CEU charges a one-time application fee of EUR 30 for each candidate irrespective of the number of programs applied to in the given admissions cycle. The application fee is non-refundable: all applicants are subject to submit this fee regardless of nationality or financial status. The fee must be paid when the first application is submitted in the given admission cycle.
The fee should be paid by bank card via the CEU payment gateway (secure payment).
No other ways of payment are available.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below you can find frequently asked questions concerning admission to the doctoral program in political science.
You can also contact the Doctoral School with any admission-related question on the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who can supervise my topic?
In order to learn about the expertise of the faculty, please visit the faculty profiles on the website of the Doctoral School. You do not need to choose a supervisor now. The School matches supervisees and supervisors only at the end of their first academic year. But familiarity with the work of professors will help you both during the admission process and thereafter.
Which track does my topic fit into?
You can read more about tracks and how to choose the best for your research topic on this page.
How many people can be accepted to the program / track / year?
The Political Science PhD program offers approximately 18 Full CEU Doctoral Scholarships per year. The scholarships are scattered across tracks: usually Comparative Politics admits four students, Political Economy and Political Theory admits two-two students per year, while International Relations offers six, Public Policy four full packages. Additional packages for students interested in Human Rights and Higher Education can also be available in some years. You can learn more about these thematiic scholarships on this page.
How many applications do you receive per year?
Last year, we received close to 300 applications.
What does the Full Doctoral Scholarship cover?
It covers tuition and medical insurance. In addition, full scholarship recipients are awarded a monthly stipend of 220,000 HUF (cca 700 EUR) calculated to cover educational and accommodation costs. Students need to budget additionally for travel, recreation, and incidentals, which can vary with the individual.
Doctoral students are not automatically provided with accommodation in the CEU Residence Center. They are eligible to request a room on a space-availability basis, for which they will be expected to cover their costs directly.
Can I keep my job during my studies?
Students employed full time cannot receive full CEU scholarship. Students who wish to work part-time (maximum 20 hours per week) can ask permission for this from the Doctoral Program Committee. While receiving the doctoral stipend, Doctoral Students should seek the permission of the School Director in case of taking up other paid employment. CEU may request full or partial tuition payment and will expect the student to cover his/her living costs.
I want to apply for a doctoral program at CEU and I would like to apply for financial aid as well; however, I cannot fill out the financial aid section during the online application process. Can I just leave this out of the online application process or do I perhaps need to fill out this part somewhere else?
As almost every student admitted into a CEU doctoral program receives a Full CEU Doctoral Scholarship (or else they do not get admitted), you do not need to apply for it. In case you might consider an offer of admission with less or no financial aid, let us know by email.
Is it just the enrollment fee that would need to be paid?
All enrolled students must pay the enrollment fee which in the case of a first year student is 75,240 HUF (cca 250 EUR) per academic year and a deposit of 200 EUR which you get back before leaving the school.
When is the application deadline?
You can find the application deadlines for the current application period on CEU's central admissions website. In 2017, the application deadline for PhD programs is 1 February 2016, 23:59 Pacific Standard Time (PST).
What does the deadline mean?
All application materials must be submitted on-line with the online application form (with the exception of letters of recommendation, which may be mailed). Materials sent by postal mail, electronic mail or fax are not considered.
Send your application only once you have made sure it is 100% final and complete. You cannot edit an application after it has been submitted, and we do not accept materials sent in alternative ways.
CEU does not return application documents, or copies thereof under any circumstances.
Is there a template for the research proposal? Should the 1500 word limit include the references?
There is no template, since the various topics require different treatment. The admission committees appreciate if the proposals show a good knowledge of the state-of-the-art, address academically and socially relevant questions and target areas covered by the School faculty. Methodological awareness and reflection on the feasibility of the project are also appreciated.
We recommend that you respect the word limit, but minor deviation will not count against you.
What sort of academic background is required?
Applicants are expected to hold an internationally recognized Master’s or comparable degree in Political Science, International Relations, Public Policy, or a similar politics- and/or policy related program that provides a relevant academic background for the track to which the candidate applies. A comparable degree in other Social Sciences, Humanities, or other disciplines will also be considered in case of an excellent academic record.
To whom could I personally write in the coming days to see whether my proposal could work for the CEU before I apply?
All submitted applications are thoroughly reviewed by panels composed of various faculty members. It is thus not possible to give a preliminary assessment. But you are welcome to contact professors whose profile is close to your research project in order to find out whether CEU is the best place for you.
I am in the final year of a Master’s program, so I do not have a diploma to upload yet. What shall I do?
In place of the diploma, upload a certificate of enrollment stating your expected date of graduation. Please note that in order to be able to enroll at CEU, you must graduate before mid-August of the year you are to begin your studies.
I am in the final year of a Master’s program, so I do not have a final transcript to upload yet. What shall I do?
Upload an interim transcript. If and when you enroll, we'll need an official one on paper anyway.
I have earned a Master’s at CEU and am now applying for a doctoral program. Am I required to upload official copies of academic records?
If you are applying to the same department's doctoral program you have graduated from, upload a plain printout of your CEU grades only (write to email@example.com to get one). If it is some other department you are applying to, also submit your Bachelor's records the same way you did when applying to CEU for the first time.
I would like to earn a PhD at CEU while completing one at my home university at the same time. Is this possible?
No. Students enrolled in doctoral programs at CEU may not be enrolled at other universities.
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