CEU/HESP Modular Doctoral Program

Program Description

The program targets junior faculty who hold a permanent teaching position at one of the eligible institutions* and who would like to pursue doctoral studies on a modular basis. A modular doctoral program allows students to work on their dissertations while remaining closely connected to their home departments. It is a flexible program with an individualized approach that does not require continuous residence on CEU premises. The program is divided into modules, some of which require the student's presence at CEU (e.g. coursework modules), while some others can be completed at a distance (e.g. fieldwork, writing up). Modular doctoral students have the same rights and responsibilities as all other CEU students and should fulfill all the other requirements applied to doctoral students at CEU and their respective program, apart from the requirement of continuous residence in Budapest.

Admissions Information

An applicant for a modular doctoral program should be a faculty member currently teaching full-time at one of the eligible institutions*.  Interested candidates should apply to CEU using the standard application procedure. An application can be made to any CEU doctoral program.  An applicant for a modular doctoral program should meet standard CEU and relevant program requirements.  For further information on the admission process please visit http://www.ceu.edu/admissions/find-out-more

All applicants must supply a formal employment confirmation letter from their university, stating that they are permitted to enroll in a modular doctoral program at CEU and that they will retain their position during and after their doctoral studies. A scanned version of the original letter must be uploaded to the Other Supporting Documents field in the Qualifications section of the relevant online application form.

Financial Aid

The tuition fees for this program are covered by CEU, and the stipend and travel expenses are covered by the Higher Education Support Program (HESP) of the Open Society Foundations.  Modular doctoral students are entitled to a maximum of five return trips to CEU, and a stipend for a maximum of 26 months, to be broken up over four years based on an agreement between the student and the doctoral program.

For general questions related to admissions at CEU please contact admissions@ceu.edu.
For specific questions concerning the Modular Doctoral Program please write to modular@ceu.edu.

*Eligible institutions:

  • Myanmar – any institution of higher education
  • Kyrgyzstan - American University-Central Asia (AUCA) only
  • Macedonia - South East European University (SEEU) only
  • Palestine - Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences (AQB) only