Program-Specific Requirements

Application deadline for Academic Year 2024/25 is February 1, 2024. The application forms for bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD programs for the 2024/25 cycle will be available online starting from Friday, September 1, 2023. Anyone applying to our PhD program before or on February 1, 2024, until 23:59 CET will be automatically considered for a scholarship, covering the full cost of tuition, complete with a monthly stipend to assist with housing and living costs as well as health insurance.

Doctoral Stipend - 1,680 EUR/gross/month (=1,350 EUR/net/month for students who have no other taxable income)*

*PhD stipends are taxable in Austria. PhD students are considered as new self-employed individuals in Austria, and they have to file their own taxes and register at the national SVS insurance provider.  


Doctoral students receive a monthly stipend to help with housing and living expenses. Each student is responsible for securing accommodation for themselves.

Please note: The CEU Doctoral Scholarship is awarded for a period of 48 months in total.

Apart from general CEU admission requirements, we expect applications from candidates with a Master’s degree in one of a broad range of related disciplines (including physics, mathematics, computer science, sociology, political science and economics), who have an interest in network science and/or its applications.

The PhD program is open for students with a wide variety of backgrounds. Presently we have students with MA/MSc in math, physics, sociology, psychology, architecture, economics and political science. The Program is strongly interdisciplinary with a special emphasis on quantitative methods and data-oriented research. Those who have weaker math backgrounds will have to participate in a pre-session course and will need some additional effort.

Please note that if your degree is not called "Master's", it can be accepted as a Master's equivalent if you can submit a confirmation from either (a) your university or (b) the Education Office of the country that your degree is a Master's equivalent which qualifies you to enroll to a doctoral program.

We do NOT request a GRE test.

In addition to the items of the CEU checklist, a STATEMENT OF PURPOSE (previously “motivation letter”) is an important part of the application.

The Statement of Purpose should make clear:

  • why you are interested in studying network science at CEU;
  • your knowledge of network science literature;
  • your openness towards and possible experience with mathematical methods and programming;
  • what is the special field of research you are particularly interested in and what kind of plans you have in that direction;
  • what kind of studies and activities you have carried out that are related to your plans.

The Statement of Purpose should not be longer than 1500 words (excluding list of references).

How to Apply: