MA and PhD Scholarships in Medieval Studies at Central European University

  • Master, Phd
  • 12,000 EUR tuition fee, monthly stipend 1350 EUR
  • 30 January 2020

The Department of Medieval Studies at the Central European University is pleased to announce its call for applications for graduate programs

  • 1-year MA in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies (10 months, 12-14 students admitted / year)
  • 2-year MA in Comparative History: Late Antique, Medieval and Renaissance Studies in collaboration with the Department of History (20 months, 10-12 students / year)
  • 2-year MA in Cultural Heritage Studies
  • PhD in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies (3 to 6 years, 5-6 students / year) offering tuition waivers and scholarships for the majority of students.

We provide comparative and multi-disciplinary postgraduate education on all aspects of the history and culture of the period between c.300 and c.1600, including the following fields of study:

  • Archaeology
  • Art history
  • Environmental and landscape studies
  • Hagiography and religious studies
  • Late Antique and Byzantine studies
  • Manuscript studies and palaeography
  • Material culture
  • Medieval Judaism
  • Ottoman studies
  • Philosophy and theology
  • Political history and political thought
  • Social and economic history
  • Urban history

More information about the application process can be found on our website. Interested applicants can contact us through our website.


Applicants to the one-year MA program are expected to

  • hold a first degree (Diploma, MA), or
  • have completed at least four years of previous studies (BA, MA) in history, art history, archaeology, literature, philosophy, or any discipline relevant to the study of the Middle Ages.
  • In addition to the general CEU admission requirements, applicants are required to submit a 500-word, English-language description of their proposed research topic, specifying the primary sources and related secondary literature (see more in the attachment).
  • Applicants may also be required to take a source language aptitude test. (Please see the section Entry Language Requirements).

Applicants for the two-year MA in Comparative History: Late Antique, Medieval and Renaissance Studies must have:

  • a minimum three-year Bachelor's or equivalent.
  • In addition to the general CEU admission requirements, applicants are required to submit a 500-word English-language research proposal.
  • Applicants may also be required to take a source language aptitude test. (Please see the section Entry Language Requirements).

Applicants seeking to pursue a PhD at CEU’'s Department of Medieval Studies should:

  • hold a Master's degree or equivalent in any field of Medieval, Late Antique, Byzantine or early Ottoman studies including art history and archaeology of the Middle Ages. Quite frequently, we also admit Classicists with an interest in later periods.
  • In addition to the application materials required by CEU, applicants to the Medieval Studies Doctoral Program shall submit (typed and in the English language)
  • a summary of their Master’s thesis of no more than 1,000 words evidencing, if possible and/or necessary, the interdisciplinary character of the previous studies of the late antique, medieval or early modern periods;
  • a detailed PhD dissertation proposal of no more than 3,000 words (excluding bibliography);
  • a PhD dissertation outline and timeline of no more than 1,000 words.


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Some of the reasons to join the Department of Medieval Studies at CEU:

  • Academic Excellence & Research
  • Interdisciplinarity & Multidisciplinarity
  • International Community & Network
  • Experience & Careerbuilding
  • Community & Social Life
  • Inspiring Environment
  • Support & Welfare

Please visit our website for more information.


Program Specification:

  • The application package must include a Research Proposal submitted in a separate document. Its title has to be entered into the relevant section of the application form. For program-specific requirements and guidance about writing a successful research proposal, visit the website of the program concerned.

  • Language requirements: for the completion of the MA studies at the Department of Medieval Studies all students must have a working knowledge (in other words, the ability to read sources) of at least one source language (a literary and vernacular language from the pre-modern period).

    Evidence of existing source language competence at the time of application is not essential, but it is an advantage in the application assessment. In certain cases, the department may require that the applicants take a source language aptitude test during the application procedure. The results of this test are for training needs assessment and information purposes.

  • English proficiency: applicants who meet the admission criteria need to submit a Proof of English Proficiency (see General information) in their application package. No further English language examination is required by the department.

  • Following the initial evaluation of all the application materials, the selection committee conducts a competitive re-evaluation and invites successful applicants for individual interviews conducted by one or more faculty members of the department either in the selected applicant’s city of residence (if feasible) or on Skype.

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