Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations

Other important developments in 2014-15:

  • Creation of a new website: New design, compatibility with the new CEU webpages (people database, course database); migration and revision of all online content (regulations, program description, revised track descriptions, research groups, etc); new, updated content structure; migration of PhD profiles to the Doctoral School website; constantly updated news and event section
  • Active Facebook page
  • External Funding page: Completed priority project of AY 2014-2015, List of external funding opportunities accessible on the website, Lists 32 external fellowships, 11 summer/winter schools, 4 external travel grants
  • Regulation updates: Comprehensive exam, Teaching Assistantship policy, Specializations / Minors (To be approved)
  • Workshops on Academic Practices: Five workshops this year (biggest number since 2010-11), Grant finding with the PIVOT database, Organizing notes and bibliographic citations with Zotero, Public speaking, Academic publishing, Academic job market. 
  • Annual Doctoral Conference (ADC): 2 keynote lectures, 13 panels, 51 panelists, 69 submitted papers, over 100 participants.Participants and members of the audience joined from around a dozen institutions of higher education, including Hungarian universities, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, as well as partner institutions from the US, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, and the Czech Republic.External applications to the ADC were submitted from 22 institutions of higher education, from 17 different countries.Traditional closing dinner was attended by over 60 participants in the Vénhajó restaurant. 
  • Alumni Survey

Engagement with external entities in 2014-15:

  • The European Graduate Network (EGN) brings together graduate students of social sciences from 8 leading European universities: Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary; European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy; Humboldt Universität (HU), Berlin, Germany; Scuola Normale Superiore – Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali (SNS), Florence, Italy; Institut d'Études Politiques (SciencesPo), Paris, France; Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna, Austria; London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, United Kingdom; and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, Spain.
  • The network was initiated by students and aims to provide opportunities for PhD students to improve their research projects, to discuss methodological tools and to practice presenting and discussing academic work. It encourages and facilitates collaborative research of PhD students from the participating universities and aims at establishing academic linkages and cooperation. Students in their first years of studies are specifically encouraged to participate. To date, EGN has organised conferences in Florence (2007), Budapest (2008), Barcelona (2010), Berlin (2012), London (2013), Paris (2014) and Florence (2015).
  • Active participation in Erasmus and Erasmus+ exchanges and Doctoral Support Program

Major events in 2014-15:

Academic Practice Workshops: 

The Doctoral School organizes a series of workshops focusing on academic practice in each academic year. The PhD Workshops on Academic Practice cover a wide range of issues, including teaching opportunities (and where to look for them), publication strategies, grant applications and search during and after a PhD, job search and the hiring process. The workshops usually include a one-hour presentation and a section for discussion and Q&As.

Academic Workshops In the Academic Year of 2014-15:

  • Grant finding with the PIVOT database
  • Organizing notes and bibliographic citations with Zotero
  • Public speaking
  • Academic publishing
  • Academic job market
  • Annual Doctoral Conference
  • The Annual Doctoral Conference (ADC) is a graduate students' conference at CEU that has been organized every year since 2006.

The two to three days long conferences consist of several panel sessions, where students can present and discuss their research papers. Discussants in the panel sessions include renowned CEU professors and invited guest speakers. Panel sessions are usually followed by roundtable discussions. The ADC takes place in CEU's main campus, in the heart of Budapest.
For students in the earlier stages of their career the conference provides an opportunity to train for a first contribution to a scientific conference. For students in later stages, the paper proposed for the conference can be seen as a 'job market' paper, i.e. a paper a student would select to present if she or he is invited to a job talk.