Call for Application for PhD Studentships

PhD studentships are available for the doctoral program in Cognitive Science at Central European University (CEU).

The Department of Cognitive Science at CEU invites applications for doctoral student positions starting in September 2017. This is a research-based training program in human cognition with social cognition, learning and perception as core themes. Research topics include communication, cooperation, computational neuroscience,  cultural transmission, developmental social cognition, embodied cognition, joint action, problem solving, sensory and statistical learning, social cognitive neuroscience, social learning, strategic decision making, visual cognition and visual psychophysics.

Students will follow courses in cognitiveanthropology, cognitive psychology, computational cognition, linguistics, philosophy of mind, traditional and Bayesian statistics and visual perception and learning. In addition, they will receive practical research training in the laboratories of the members of this new department.

Admission criteria

Applicants are expected to hold an internationally recognized Master's or comparable degree in the standard disciplines that constitute cognitive science ( psychology, computer science, philosophy, engineering, biology, neuroscience, physics and mathematics). A comparable degree in other Social Sciences, Humanities, or other disciplines will also be considered in case of an excellent academic record. In case of exceptional candidates, we will also consider the applications if the student only holds a Bachelor degree, provided it is in a discipline closely associated to cognitive science.

Application materials

As part of their application package, applicants must submit the following materials as general CEU requirements:

  1. How to Apply
  2. The completed Online Application Form 2018/2019
  3. A curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any
  4. Proof of English proficiency (please see CEU Language Requirements How to apply, point 6.) Note, no more CEU-administered TOEFL! Applicants need to submit a language test score by the relevant application deadline. Make sure to do the test and get the result by the time you apply!          
  5. Two letters of Recommendations: Referees receive a link to the reference form AFTER the applicant submits the application (the link expires 7 days after that).
  6. Academic records - please consult `How to apply, point 3.`
  7. A research proposal of 1000 to 2000 words. The research proposal should include the research questions, aims and objectives of a research project that is related to the ongoing work in the department. The proposal should situate the project in the context of the existing literature, be clear as to the expected academic contribution, and outline possible appropriate analytical frameworks and methodologies. Note that, if admitted, students will not be expected to pursue the research project as it is outlined in the proposal (though it may form the basis of their doctoral work). The submitted research proposal will be used during the application process to assess the applicant's understanding of what doing research in cognitive science entails.
  8. Application fee is EUR 30 (payable only once, non-refundable, only online payment via

We encourage applicants to consult the website and approach appropriate members of the faculty in advance in order to check the suitability of their research plans.

Application Deadline

February TBA , 2018 (23:59 CET - Central European Time)

Application deadline for PhD applications. All applications must be complete with relevant standard test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, etc.).

Admissions Process

February tba, 2018:
Applications are submitted to all doctoral programs. Following an initial review by the Admissions Office, applications are either passed on for academic evaluation or rejected for formal reasons.

Individual interviews may take place, either by Skype or telephone.

Starting April TBA, 2018
Admissions decisions are made available via the online application system to candidates that applied by February 1. Acceptance notifications are sent out starting on this date. Each decision is made by an academic selection committee within the given program on the basis of the candidate's past academic achievement, strength of recommendations, English language competency, intellectual merit, work experience (if applicable), expectations of the program, future plans, and general compatibility with the goals of the academic unit.

Application information about the candidates (including test results) is confidential and only available to the candidates concerned.

Frequently Asked Questions about Admissions.