Scholarships and Financial Aid

CEU is committed to attracting talented students from around the world. The University offers a range of scholarship, fellowship, and loan options for students studying in the Department of International Relations and encourages students to seek external sources of funding. 

Doctoral candidates applying by the relevant application deadline are automatically considered for the CEU Doctoral Scholarship.

Applications for admission to our master's programs by self-funding students continue to be accepted after the deadline for master's students seeking financial aid.

FAQ about Financial Aid

Consultation with CEU's external scholarships officer Bernadett Balint: External scholarships for CEU students. 

Types of CEU financial aid:


Tuition Award per year

Stipend per month

Health Insurance

CEU Master's Distinction Scholarship



CEU Master's Scholarship



up to 100%

tuition waiver


up to 100%

tuition waiver

750 EUR



500 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)



Please note: Students can receive financial aid for a program at the same academic level only once. For example, a student who has received financial aid for master’s studies can pursue a second master's degree at CEU on a self-financing basis only.

Other Internal and External Scholarships:

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

Visegrad Fund
For citizens of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo‚ Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, and Ukraine.

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 Loan is currently not available until further notice. 

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