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The Comparative Gender Studies program at Central European University (CEU)  focuses on critical, comparative, theoretical and empirical research in the field of gender studies. It aims to promote the study of gender and its correspondence with categories such as class, ethnicity, race and sexual orientation, and to do research on diversified patterns of social and cultural change. Thus, students are encouraged to understand the complexity of gender.

They will combine the critique of androcentrism with a critique of Eurocentric perspectives and epistemologies, particularly—but not exclusively—in Central and Eastern Europe. Within this framework, gender is understood as an element and product of processes of global, regional and local development.

Program objectives

The rationale and design of the Ph.D. Program in Comparative Gender Studies are theoretical, methodological and practical. The program aims to combine theoretical and empirical inquiry into a wide range of gender issues. Its activities and courses facilitate the examination of diversified patterns of gendered social and cultural change. While the program offers students the possibility of a specific focus on Central and Eastern Europe, research projects may address any geographical area. Whatever regional or topical focus students choose, the program helps them understand gender in terms of local and global, national and transnational, influences and articulations, and both material and symbolic relations. In general, the program trains students analyze gender in an historically and culturally contextualized manner, with thorough consideration of salient institutions and social, cultural, political, and economic processes. The program also strives constantly to foreground the investigation of gender in intersection with other significant social categories such as race, nationalism, ethnicity, class, and sexuality.

The PhD Program in Comparative Gender Studies aims to empower students to combine competence in traditional disciplinary skills in the social sciences and humanities (e.g. archival research, textual analysis, statistical analysis, participant observation, theoretical inquiry, discourse analysis etc.) with the formulation of new questions and techniques arising from emerging or marginalized perspectives and areas of study. Students receive methodological training that encourages them to broaden the range of material and information they consider and the scope of questions they ask in their research, while maintaining the highest standards of scholarly quality.

Students may choose a variety of epistemological and methodological approaches for their research. However, the department provides a strong foundation in potential research strategies and design through its required first-year course, “Methodological Practice in Gender Studies” while also giving students intensive and focused guidance in formulating their projects through a mandatory year-long “Ph.D. Preparation Seminar.” Students may also choose from a variety of elective courses that offer different possible theoretical and methodological directions for their scholarship.


  • 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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Methodological Practice in Gender Studies
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Gender Studies
  • Advanced Academic Writing Seminar For Ph.d. Students In Gender Studies
  • Intimacy, Sexuality and Citizenship
  • Bodies Across Borders: Global Migration in Historical Perspective
  • Discourses of Order: An Introduction to Premodern Political Thought
  • Discourses of Order: An Introduction to Modern Political Thought
  • Gender, Labor Markets, Neoliberalisms
  • Performing Arts, Research, and the Public
  • Public Lecture Series
  • Traveling Concepts in Gender Studies

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Completed online application form: www.ceu.edu/apply
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • Master’s degree or other graduate degree in a related field
  • Academic records
  • Research proposal
  • Substantial background in gender studies and feminist theory

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Candidates who apply by January 30, 2020 are automatically considered for CEU Doctoral Scholarship that includes a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend.

Living costs for Vienna

  • 861 - 1340 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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In pursuit of its mission, CEU strives to attract world-class graduate talent from all over the world, offering 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 www.ceu.edu/financialaid. 

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