Financial Aid

The Department of Political Science is committed to sustaining a geographically diverse and multicultural student body. To further this goal, the department accepts financial aid applications from students from all over the world. All accepted PhD candidates are fully funded positions. The department is proud that about 90% of the MA students receive some kind of financial support that can range from partial tuition waiver to a full scholarship for the duration of the program. CEU has a merit- and need-based scholarship program, open to all applicants. 

CEU Stipends, Tuition Waivers and Grants

The department offers a number of financial aid packages.

Types of CEU financial aid:


Tuition Award per year

Stipend per month

Health Insurance

CEU Master’s Excellence Scholarship


 CEU Master's Distinction Scholarship


 CEU Master's Scholarship

up to 100%
tuition waiver


up to 100%
tuition waiver


up to 100%
tuition waiver

1,000 EUR



750 EUR


 500 EUR







CEU Master's Partial Scholarship 

up to 100%
tuition waiver

300 EUR


CEU Master's Tuition Award 

up to 100%
tuition waiver



CEU Doctoral Scholarship

Full tuition waiver

1,350 EUR

(ECBS PhD programs)

1,300 EUR (All other PhD programs)


Click on the main CEU Funding and Fees webpage to learn more about finances.

Other funding opportunities other than CEU

Since our number of stipends and tuition waivers is limited we do encourage students to explore funding opportunities available through their home universities, non-governmental organizations and government sources. Good places to start the search:

Watch the webinar with Bernadett Balint, External Scholarship Coordinator at CEU, and find out how to search for a scholarship: 

Here are some helpful links:

Alumni Scholarships (funded by CEU alumni)
Provide stipends to assist with the cost of living expenses, up to EUR €1,000 and EUR €2,000 per academic year.

OSF/CEU scholarship "Civil Society Leadership awards"   

Visegrad Scholarship Programme(VSP)

Bursa Hungarica 

Institute of International Education

Institute for Humane Studies

Roma Education Fund Scholarship
For individuals of Roma descent.

Rotary International Global Grants
For individuals from countries with Rotary clubs.

DAAD Scholarships 
For citizens of Germany.

Aga Khan Foundation
For citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Canada, Egypt, France, India, Madagascar, Mozambique, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Portugal, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Armenian International Women's Association Scholarship
For women of Armenian descent.

Bakala Foundation Program Scholarship
For citizens and permanent residents of the Czech Republic.

The Bognár Family Hungarian Scholarship Fund
For citizens of Hungary.

Bolashak Scholarships 
For citizens of Kazakhstan.

International Education Center - International Master's and Doctoral Degree Program
For citizens of Georgia.

U.S. Federal Loans:

Central European University has Title IV registration at the U.S. Department of Education and is therefore qualified to participate in the Federal Student Financial Assistance Programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act (Title IV, HEA Program). CEU's Federal School Code is: G40215.

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