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.

Types of CEU financial aid:

As of 2022/23:

CEU Master’s Excellence Scholarship  - 1,000 EUR/month

CEU Master's Distinction Scholarship  - 750 EUR/month

CEU Master's Scholarship  - 500 EUR/month

CEU Master's Partial Scholarship  - 300 EUR/month

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

External scholarships for CEU studentsConsultation with CEU's external scholarships officer Bernadett Balint

Alumni Scholarships (funded by CEU alumni)

The following students are ineligible for the Alumni Scholarship:

  • Second-year master's students
  • Students in part-time programs
  • Students that receive the following financial aid:
    • Excellence scholarship (EUR 1,000/month)
    • Distinction scholarship (EUR 750/month)
    • CEU-administered other scholarship stipend recipients

Other Scholarships:

BayWa r.e. Empowering Futures Scholarship 

In partnership with BayWa r.e. AG, CEU offers up to five (5) “BayWa r.e. Empowering Futures Scholarship” to students from Ukraine who are affected by the war and who aspire to work on a renewable energy future.

Bhutan Heritage Scholarship
Funded by the Association for International Solidarity in Asia (ASIA) and CEU with the support of the Bhutan Nyo Foundation, this scholarship is awarded to an individual from Bhutan accepted to the MA program in Cultural Heritage Studies.

CEU-Erste Foundation Scholarship
Supporting study for students from vulnerable backgrounds in CEU's degree programs and preparatory programs.

Deborah Harding Scholarship 
Awarded to a Roma student to enroll in the School of Public Policy's one-year MA in Public Policy.

Dr. Elemer Hantos Scholarship
Awarded to undergraduate and graduate students from Central Europe or Latin America studying in select programs who would otherwise not have the resources to study at CEU.

Future of Big Data Scholarship & Training Program * (Currently unavailable)
A scholarship and mentoring program for students pursuing the MSc in Business Analytics or the MSc in Finance, who are passionate about programming and data analysis (may be awarded as full or partial).

George Soros Leadership Fund Scholarship
Awarded to students from exceptional circumstances who embody open society ideals.

Gerd Bucerius History Scholarship
Awarded to students who wish to pursue a one-year or two-year master's degree at CEU's Department of History. All students applying for financial aid in the History MA program will be eligible for this scholarship. 

 Hungarian Access Fund

Aims to enable outstanding Hungarian students with demonstrated financial hardship to study at CEU. Preference is given to students coming from rural areas of Hungary, and to students applying to the Master's degree program in Environmental Sciences & Policy.

Kaffeehaus Fellowships (Currently unavailable),

This fellowship is awarded each year to outstanding students from Austria (and in exceptional cases India) with demonstrated financial need and excellent academic credentials.

Peter Hangartner Fellowship
Annually awarded to an outstanding second-year student in the economics department who earns the highest GPA during their first year of studies. Meet this year's recipient.

Peter A. Nadosy Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually to a Hungarian student entering a CEU MA program who demonstrates exceptional merit and financial need.

Postgraduate Opportunity Scholarship
Supporting master’s students from 30 eligible countries (primarily in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. 

Presidential Scholar Awards
Annually awarded to 
two incoming bachelor’s students as well as two master’s and two doctoral candidates. Established by Former CEU President and Rector Michael Ignatieff and his wife Zsuzsanna Zsohar, this program brings undergraduates and graduates together to foster community and support academic excellence.  

Women in Technology Scholarship (Currently unavailable)
BlackRock and CEU award scholarships to women who show passion for data analysis, programming and technology, and great potential or leadership in their professional and personal endeavors.

U.S. Federal Loan is currently not available until further notice. 

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