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.

Program Scholarships

A small number of scholarships are available for outstanding applicants to the BA in Quantitative Social Sciences program. This is a merit-based, need-sensitive scholarship. It funds up to 100% of tuition fees (up to EUR 7,000 per year) and may also include monthly housing support. All applicants who submit their applications by April 12, 2021, will be automatically considered.

A small number of scholarships are also available for outstanding applicants for the BA in Culture, Politics and Society and BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics programs.

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. 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

All applications submitted by the February 1 deadline will be considered for this award. There is no need to submit a separate application.

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.


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.

Preference is given to undergraduate students accepted to the BA in Quantitative Social Sciences or BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics programs and to graduate students accepted to the departments of Economics and Business, Environmental Sciences and Policy, and Network and Data Science. 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 living expenses, housing, or tuition, and may be combined with other scholarships available to undergraduate students.


Students can apply by submitting their application by April 12, 2021*, and by uploading a short essay in the 'Other Supporting Documents' section.

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.

Those who have already submitted their application to CEU can apply by sending their application essay to by April 19, 2021.

*The deadline has been extended for the QSS applicants until July 5, 2021.

 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 Bachelor's program in Quantitative Social Sciences and the Master's degree program in Environmental Sciences & Policy.

CEU Scholarships for Refugees

Three incoming bachelor’s degree candidates with refugee status in EU/EEA countries will receive this scholarship, which covers tuition fees throughout the four years of bachelor’s degree studies (up to €7,000/year each). It also includes a monthly stipend of €470 as well as €500 per month to be used toward accommodation expenses. Applicants who want to be considered for this scholarship must:

  • Submit a separate Personal Statement of no more than 500 words in the ‘Other Supporting Documents’ section of the CEU Application Form, together with the rest of your application. 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.
  • Submit document(s) that prove your refugee status. Upload all documents, combined into one PDF file, to the 'Other Supporting Documents' section of the application portal.

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

One bachelor’s degree student who demonstrates a commitment to community service and leadership and plans to demonstrate this throughout their studies at CEU will receive this scholarship for the first academic year. The scholarship value is €2,000/year, paid in monthly installments of €200 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 Recipients and their projects. To apply for the Alumni Scholarship:

  1. Submit this online application form. The application includes two essay questions and a video submission (the video is submitted through the form).
  2. Send your CV to with the following subject line: ‘CV Submission’. Please name your CV file (Word or PDF) in the following way: ‘Last Name_First Name_Country of Nationality_CV’.

For more information, please visit the Alumni Scholarship website, or write to

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.