Financial support opportunities

CEU enjoys the support of generous donors, including our alumni, who support talented students with scholarships and awards. Here you’ll find information about these opportunities and how to apply.

Presidential Scholar Award

Two outstanding candidates will receive a Presidential Scholar Award with a total value of €5,000 each. The Presidential Scholars Fund was established by CEU President and Rector Michael Ignatieff and his wife Zsuzsanna Zsohar to support students who demonstrate exceptional academic credentials and leadership promise.

Details

The Award covers part of the tuition fee throughout the four years of BA studies as follows:

  • Year 1: €500
  • Year 2: €1,000
  • Year 3: €1,500
  • Year 4: €2,000

Application

All applications submitted by February 1, 2022 will be automatically considered for this award. There is no need to submit a separate application or indicate your interest in this award in the CEU Application Form ('Funding' section). Example:

Kaffeehaus Fellowships

This fellowship program is dedicated to the great thinkers of Vienna's past and the reasoned and open interchange of ideas of the Kaffeehaus. Vienna has an incredible history of great thinkers. Their work (and that of many of their highly talented Viennese contemporaries) has had a major influence over the 20th century and continues to have a major impact today:

  • Economists and business scholars Hayek, von Mises, Schumpeter, and Peter Drucker
  • Legal scholar Hans Kelsen
  • Neurologist Sigmund Freud
  • Social democratic thinkers Victor Adler and Otto Bauer
  • Philosophers and mathematicians Kurt Gödel, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper

The Kaffeehaus Fellowships are awarded in their honor, and the underlying idea of openness and reasoned debate with the power of ideas rather than the loudness of the voice winning the day.

Details

The Kaffeehaus Fellowship Program awards scholarships of up to €7,000 each year to 3-6 outstanding students from Austria with demonstrated financial need and excellent academic credentials. In exceptional cases, students from India who meet the fellowship criteria may also be considered. Recipients will show promise both within and beyond the classroom, through a record of high academic achievement and volunteer or extracurricular engagement.

Applicants to the BA in Quantitative Social Sciences or BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics programs can apply (see application process below). Bachelor’s students who are granted a Kaffeehaus Fellowship may receive it for the entire duration of their program, pending successful completion of annual program requirements.

The Fellowship amount awarded can be used for tuition, and may be combined with other scholarships available to undergraduate students.

Application

Applicants who want to be considered for this fellowship must apply by February 1, 2022.

To be considered, please do the following: 

  • Indicate your interest in this fellowship in the CEU Application Form ('Funding' section) and elaborate on your financial aid need in the respective field. Example:

Essay instructions:  Submit a short essay of 300 words explaining how your studies at CEU will help you fulfill the Fellowship’s purpose to support openness and reasoned debate with the power of ideas rather than the loudness of the voice of the day. You may also cite examples of how you have promoted or engaged in open dialogue and exchange as well as listened to and learned from divergent perspectives.

CEU Scholarships for Refugees

Three outstanding incoming bachelor’s degree candidates with refugee status in EU/EEA countries will receive this scholarship.

Details

If granted, this scholarship covers tuition fees throughout the four years of bachelor’s degree studies (€7,000/academic year). It also includes a monthly stipend of €1,000, part of which must be used toward accommodation expenses.

Application

Applicants who want to be considered for this scholarship must apply by February 1, 2022.

To be considered, please do the following: 

  • Indicate your interest in this scholarship in the CEU Application Form ('Funding' section) and elaborate on your financial aid need in the respective field. Example:

  • Upload a separate Personal Statement of no more than 500 words to the 'Other Supporting Documents'  section in the CEU Application Form. The Statement should include details of your refugee status in one of the EU/EEA countries and any funds you received and/or may receive from private and/or public sources.
  • Upload document(s) that prove your refugee status to the 'Other Supporting Documents'  section in the CEU Application Form.

Please note that applicants with refugee status from EU/EEA countries other than Austria will need to apply for an Austrian residence permit.

CEU Alumni Scholarship

Two bachelor’s degree student who demonstrate a commitment to community service and leadership and plan to demonstrate this throughout their studies at CEU will receive this scholarship for the first academic year.

Details

The scholarship value is €3,000/academic year, paid in monthly installments of €300 during the first year of studies. The Alumni Scholarship can be used to supplement other financial aid provided by CEU. This scholarship is funded by many of CEU’s 18,000+ alumni in 147 countries around the world who want to help students benefit from the extraordinary experience of attending CEU. Recipients intern with the CEU Student Recruitment, Career Services, Student Life Office, and Alumni Relations teams and are also required to initiate an individual or group project benefiting the CEU community. Read more here about the Alumni Scholarship.

To qualify for the Alumni Scholarship, you should:

  • Have submitted a complete application for a full-time CEU BA program
  • Have a proven record of and/or an aspiration for community service, volunteering and leadership
  • Demonstrate commitment and potential to continue engaging throughout all four years at CEU and beyond

The following students are ineligible for the Alumni Scholarship:

  • CEU administered External Scholarships stipend recipients (Kaffeehaus Fellowship, CEU Scholarship for Refugees, Presidential Scholar Award)
  • Continuing BA students

Application

Applicants who want to be considered for this scholarship must apply by February 1, 2022.

To be considered, please do the following: 

  • Indicate your interest in this scholarship in the CEU Application Form ('Funding' section). Example:

  • Upload a Word document to the 'Other Supporting Documents'  section in the CEU Application Form that includes the following:
    • Your full name (as stated on your application), country of nationality, CEU program(s) you're applying for
    • Link to a 3-minute YouTube video* that answers the following questions: 
      • Tell us about your volunteer experience.
      • In line with the CEU Alumni Volunteer Program, how do you intend to stay engaged with and support CEU after graduation?

Make sure the video privacy settings are set to public or unlisted so that it can be viewed by members of the selection committee. 

For more information, please visit the Alumni Scholarship website, or write to alumnischolarship@ceu.edu.

(Partial) Program Scholarships

A small number of scholarships may become available for outstanding applicants to the BA in Quantitative Social SciencesBA in Culture, Politics and Society and BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics programs. 

Details

This is a merit-based, need-sensitive scholarship, which may fund up to 100% of the tuition fee (up to €7,000 per academic year).

Application

Applicants who want to be considered for this scholarship must apply by February 1, 2022.

To be considered, please do the following: 

  • Indicate your interest in this scholarship in the CEU Application Form ('Funding' section) and elaborate on your financial aid need in the respective field. Example:

Please note that this scholarship cannot be combined with any Special Scholarships (Kaffeehaus Fellowship, CEU Scholarship for Refugees). Therefore, please leave the field 'Special Scholarships'  in the 'Funding' section same way as indicated above.

External financial support opportunities

You can find information about some of the opportunities from governments and other funders here. Please note that this list is by no means comprehensive. Be sure to check the eligibility requirements before applying.