36 months
15000 EUR/year
15000 EUR/year
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The PhD program in Comparative History at Central European University (CEU) focuses on comparing the historical experience in the geo-cultural regions of Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean as well as in other historical regions, such as Western Europe and the Middle East.

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The purpose of the Comparative History program at Central European University (CEU) is to offer doctoral education matching the highest international standards in the field of Comparative History for prospective scholars and teachers. 

The particular - indeed unique - feature of the history doctoral program at CEU is that it focuses on the comparison of four distinct geo-cultural regions: Central, Southeastern, and Eastern Europe, and the Eastern Mediterranean area, in close relation to the history of other historical regions, most notably with Western Europe and the Middle East. 

The goals of the program are to build upon a unique approach to comparative history, multidisciplinary methods, an ideal geographical location, a highly diverse student body, an international faculty, and up-to-date facilities and resources in order to provide new ways of investigating the historical problems of these key regions in world history.

Professional Training and Career Preparation

From the moment of entering the doctoral program, PhD students are involved in professional research projects organized by faculty and by external institutions. Pasts, Inc., the research institute associated with the History Department, sponsors several annual conferences and various other forms of academic socialization, as well as the Journal of East Central Europe. This journal and the European Review of History also secure for our PhD students in-house internship opportunities in academic publishing. 

In addition, the Department of History at CEU runs cooperation with the European University Institute in Florence and the University of Vienna, the series Graduate Conferences in European History (GRACEH).


  • Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
  • Program accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee (HAC)
  • Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)

Programme Structure

The first year of the program concentrates on coursework and preparation for the comprehensive examination, which focuses on major topics in the comparative history of two of the three regions mentioned above. A detailed, extensive research dissertation proposal is also prepared, and discussed as part of the comprehensive examination. 

The second year is devoted to research in relevant archives and libraries. 

The third year is spent in residence at CEU presenting results in the PhD research seminar, and fulfilling teaching assistantship duties. Students may also apply for support for spending a semester during their studies at one of the leading international universities or research centers. The dissertation must be submitted within six years from enrolllment in the program.

Courses include:

  • Historiography
  • Comparative Approaches to Historical Research
  • Historical Regions in Comparison: Problems and Debates
  • PhD Academic Writing Tutorial

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Feb. 1: financial aid
  • March 15: self-financing candidates requiring a study visa
  • Aug. 15: self-financing candidates not requiring a study visa


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application form: www.ceu.edu/apply
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • Master’s degree in history or a related field
  • Academic records
  • Motivational letter
  • Research proposal

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • All PhD students are eligible to apply for full tuition waivers and full stipends from CEU. 
  • Doctoral programs (year 1): 15,000 EUR
  • Doctoral programs after comprehensive examination (year 2 and 3): 7,500 EUR

Living costs for Vienna

861 - 1331 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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