Fees and Financial Aid

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for the academic year 2024/25 are listed in the table below. These do not include the Student Enrolment Fee, accommodation, and other living expenses


Tuition fee per academic year

Master’s degree programs

12,000 EUR

Doctoral programs year 1

15,000 EUR

Doctoral programs after comprehensive

examination (years 2, 3, and 4)

5,000 EUR


Financial aid for the Doctoral program

All students accepted to the CEU Philosophy PhD program are offered the CEU Doctoral Scholarship, which covers the full tuition, and includes a monthly stipend to assist with housing and living costs.

Doctoral Stipend - 1,680 EUR/gross/month (= 1,350 EUR/net/month for students who have no other taxable income)*

*PhD stipends are taxable in Austria. PhD students are considered as new self-employed individuals in Austria, and they have to file their own taxes and register at the national SVS insurance provider.                    

The CEU Doctoral Scholarship is awarded for a period of 48 months in total.


Financial aid for the Master’s programs

All Master’s students who apply by 1 February are eligible for merit-based financial aid in the form of Master’s Scholarships.

CEU’s Master’s Scholarships include (partial) tuition waivers and monthly stipends.

The monthly stipend categories awarded in the Department of Philosophy are 750 EUR/month, 500 EUR/month or 300 EUR/month. Master’s scholarships are offered for 10 months per academic year (hence for 10 months for students on the 1-year program, and 20 months for students on the 2-year program.)

The monthly stipend assists with housing and living costs, but it is not sufficient to cover living expenses in Vienna. Please make a responsible assessment of your financial situation before accepting an offer and also look for alternative sources of support.

The following data show the distribution of financial aid for all Master’s students at CEU in the academic year 2023/24. (Tuition fee categories: students who receive a 75% tuition waiver will pay 3000 EUR tuition fee/year)




Master’s students can also apply for CEU’s Alumni Scholarships (funded by CEU alumni). Alumni scholarships provide stipends in the first year of Master’s students studies up to EUR €1,000 and EUR €2,000 per academic year.


Further information

See also CEU’s main Funding and Fees page.


Funding opportunities outside CEU

We do encourage students to explore funding opportunities available through their home universities, non-governmental organizations, and government sources. Good places to start the search:

Watch the webinar with Bernadett Balint, External Scholarship Coordinator at CEU, and find out how to search for a scholarship: 

Here are some further links:

Bursa Hungarica 

Institute of International Education

Institute for Humane Studies

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.

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.