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Central European University (CEU) Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Sciences and Policy
Central European University (CEU)

Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Sciences and Policy

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 Environmental Sciences and Policy Department is a center of excellence in environment-related scholarship and teaching in Europe. The Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Sciences and Policy program is a unique opportunity to:

  • Pursue meaningful research that addresses some of the most urgent environmental challenges facing the world today.
  • Join a truly global network and become a member of the CEU international community.
  • Live in an exciting European city and make new life-long friends

We welcome ALL applications demonstrating strong academic standing and qualified English language skills that fit within the department's research profile, including:

  • Energy Transitions and Climate Change - ETC
  • Environmental Governance, Politics and Justice - GPJ
  • Resource and Disaster Management and Pollution Control - RMP
  • Sustainable Management of Socio-Ecological Systems - SES

We are looking forward to your application, and the opportunity to welcome you to our program.

The environment is a quintessentially interdisciplinary field that requires an integrated understanding of complex natural histories; ecological processes; scientific evidence; social and cultural contexts; contemporary political debates; legal and policy frameworks; modeling, technical, and management options; and social justice implications for people and communities.

The CEU Environmental Sciences and Policy Ph.D. program is led by faculty from various disciplines with research experience in diverse thematic and geographic contexts, which fosters an environment conducive to interdisciplinary research. The Ph.D. program aims to combine breadth and depth of interdisciplinary learning about the environment with professional development skills.

The program begins with an introduction to a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches, which allows students to choose the most appropriate combination for their research and continues with custom-tailored theory and methods classes to facilitate in-depth research skills for their empirical projects. Teaching and research practica facilitate opportunities to develop teaching, presentation, and publication skills.

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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