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Central European University (CEU) Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative History
Central European University (CEU)

Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative History

Vienna, Austria

4 Years


Full time

Request application deadline *

Sep 2024

EUR 15,000 / per year **


* application deadline for doctoral programs for applicants from all countries, all applications must be complete with any applicable standard test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, etc.)

** payable in one or two installments, non-refundable initial tuition fee installment (€500 EUR) is paid to confirm your acceptance of our offer of admission and is credited towards the 1st tuition fee installment in year 1


Doctoral programs at CEU are fully funded study programs with a standard duration of 4 years that award a US and an Austrian degree.

The department especially welcomes students to the Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative History program who have Ph.D. dissertation research that contributes to:

  • The integration of the study of different layers of historical processes (social, cultural, economic, political)
  • The integration of history and theory (conscious reflection of the basic approaches of research)
  • Comparative approaches in historiography (Central, Southeastern, and Eastern Europe being neither "different" and "incomparable," nor a "belated copy" of developments elsewhere)

The advantages of the CEU doctoral program are the classes and discussions among students specializing in different topics, different periods, and different geographical regions, whereby new research questions can be formulated, even about one’s national history. The research being undertaken by our current Ph.D. students and the successful dissertations already defended give the best idea of what is possible at the CEU History doctoral program.

Professional Training and Graduate Student Conferences

From the moment of entering the doctoral program, PhD students are involved in professional research projects organized by the faculty and by external institutions. Pasts, Inc., is the research institute associated with the History Department and it sponsors several annual conferences and a journal to which our students have contributed in the past. In addition, student conferences are held in cooperation with the European University Institute in Florence, the Berliner Kolleg für Vergleichende Geschichte Europas, and at CEU.

The Doctoral Support Program (for non-CEU students)

The Doctoral Support Program (DSP) is available to graduate students registered in an accredited PhD program at another institution of higher education. During their term at CEU, students receive consultation and supervision from CEU faculty and possibilities for presenting and discussing their work.

Program Accreditation/Registration

  • The program was approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
  • Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)


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