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.

Candidates applying for either of our MA in International Relations by the relevant application deadline, and who have received an acceptance offer or been placed on the waiting list will have the opportunity to apply for CEU financial aid. For these programs, from September 2017, financial aid is awarded based on a combination of academic merit and financial need. Candidates applying for these programs should make a responsible assessment of their financial situation before requesting financial aid and also seek other sources of support, such as foundation grants, employer support or state scholarships.

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.

Please note: The MA in Global Economic Relations program does NOT offer CEU financial aid.

Types of CEU financial aid:





CEU Master's Scholarship Yes Yes Yes/No* Yes
CEU Master's Tuition Award – up to 100% Yes No No Yes
CEU Doctoral Scholarship Yes Yes Yes** Yes

*Single or shared housing in CEU’s Residence Center is offered to most candidates.
**Housing allowance included in the stipend.

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

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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