The PhD program in Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University (CEU) encourages students to conduct empirical research using a wide variety of methodologies but theoretically informed approaches which embrace a broad intellectual agenda are prioritized. Of special interest are projects that promote: the integration of sociological and anthropological perspectives as well as methodologies; comparative approaches to urban processes; economic formations and transformations; research on social networks; generation of inequalities; meanings and practices of gender; transnational migration and dynamics of place-making; and social movements.
During the first year of the doctoral program, students undertake a rigorous, yet flexible program of coursework. Alongside mandatory courses developing epistemological and methodological approaches to sociology and social anthropology, elective courses provide in-depth studies of different subject areas.
Students also have the option to undertake a semester-long Independent Study Module where a maximum of two students, under the supervision of one faculty member, devise a reading list related to their project.
- 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 accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)
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- Transnational Migration
- Comparative Thinking
- Theory and Research in Contemporary Macro-sociology
- Social Network Analysis
- State, Power and Resistance
- Economic Sociology
- Independent Study Module
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- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
- Feb. 1: financial aid
- March 15: self-financing candidates requiring a study visa
- Aug. 15: self-financing candidates not requiring a study visa
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Completed online application form: www.ceu.edu/apply
- Proof of English proficiency
- Letters of recommendation
- Master’s degree or equivalent in a social science discipline
- Academic records
- Statement of purpose
- Research proposal and bibliography
- Writing sample
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International15000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 15000 EUR per year during 36 months.
EU/EEA15000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased 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
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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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.