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The doctoral program in Environmental Sciences and Policy at Central European University (CEU)  is led by faculty from various disciplines with research experience in diverse thematic and geographic contexts, which fosters an environment conducive to interdisciplinary research. The PhD program aims to combine breadth and depth of interdisciplinary learning about the environment with professional development skills. The program begins with an introduction to a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches, which allows students to choose the most appropriate combination for their research, and continues with custom-tailored theory and methods classes to facilitate in-depth research skills for their empirical projects. Teaching and research practica facilitate opportunities to develop teaching, presentation, and publication skills.

The graduates emerge from the program with a broad understanding of diverse approaches to environmental problems, extensive practical research experience, professional networks and analytical and practical thinking skills with a commitment and capacity to addressing environmental challenges.

Joint PhD Fellowship in cooperation with Cultural Heritage Studies Program of the Department of Medieval Studies at CEU

Sustainable Heritage in a Dynamic Environment: Critical Approaches to the Conservation of Cultural and Natural Heritage

The joint PhD fellowship scheme entails co-supervision by faculty members from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, and Cultural Heritage Studies Program of the Department of Medieval Studies at CEU. Two fellowships are available: one for the PhD program in Environmental Sciences and Policy and one for the PhD program in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies with a focus on Cultural Heritage Studies. The PhD students will follow a curriculum that includes courses from both departments and the related academic fields being geared towards their acquiring cross-disciplinary training and expertise. This provides doctoral students with an opportunity to critically assess complex interactions and processes where rapid change threatens to damage unique environments and the tangible and intangible heritage of people living in and around them.

Enrollment and Funding

Selected applicants will receive a CEU Doctoral Scholarship, which includes a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend for living expenses. In addition, CEU provides the selected candidates with the additional funding, such as travel and research grants. 

Application Process

Interested candidates are invited to apply to one of the listed PhD programs (Environmental Sciences and Policy or PhD in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies), clearly indicating in the application materials that they are applying for the Joint PhD Fellowship (Sustainable Heritage in a Dynamic Environment) funded by the Intellectual Themes Initiative.

Specific requirements:

  • Master’s degree in one of the following academic fields or related study areas: environmental science, sustainability science, natural resources management, architecture, archaeology, cultural heritage studies, ethnography, history, landscape studies, sociology, social anthropology, urban planning or any other relevant field in the context of environmental and cultural heritage studies. 
  • Research proposal addressing the project thematic through conceptual and empirical investigation. 

Application Deadline

  • March 31, 2020 (23:59 CET)


  • Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
  • Program registered as a non-degree post-graduate specialization program by the Hungarian Educational Authority (HEA)
  • Program subject to accreditation by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Deadline for the PhD program in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies: January 30, 2020
    • Deadline for the joint PhD fellowship: March 31, 2020
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3-6 years

  • Credits
    144 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Dissertation Prospectus Draft, Preparation and Defense
  • The Doctoral Dissertation (Research and Writing I-II., Finalization)
  • Methods Study Courses
  • PhD Writing Issues and Challenges 
  • Preliminary Literature Review, Problem Statement and Research Questions 
  • Professional Advancement Practicum
  • Theoretical Debates on Environmental Problems
  • Theory Study Courses

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Completed online application form:
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • Master’s degree in a related field
  • Academic records
  • Research proposal
  • Statement of purpose

Tuition Fee

Candidates who apply to a joint PhD fellowship by March 31, 2020 are automatically considered for CEU Doctoral Scholarship.

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Living costs for Vienna

  • 861 - 1340 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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