Doctoral Program in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Studies

The PhD in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern studies has earned international recognition for its methodological richness and the application of innovative research tools; the curriculum stresses the interconnectedness of various disciplines, emphasizing multi- and interdisciplinary comparative research. 

Thedepartmental facultyof recognized experts in their respective fields provides students with supervision and guidance not only to help them accomplish the immediate goal of submitting their dissertations successfully within four years, but also to assist them with regard to their future careers. Many alumni of the PhD program in Late Antique, Medieval, and Early Modern Studies are pursuing regional or international careers in universities, museums, archives, or cultural heritage institutions. 

Students admitted to CEU doctoral programs will receive adoctoral scholarship. CEU also provides a generous doctoral research grant scheme which allows doctoral students to pursue internationally competitive research, for instance, by providing funding support for research trips and conference participation.  

Coordinator of the PhD program isCsilla Dobos ( 

For further information visit the"How to Apply" section on the CEU homepage. 


Entry Requirements

Applications are welcome from candidates with a Master’s or equivalent degree in a relevant field of research. In addition to meeting the general CEU admissions requirements, applicants should submit: 

  • CV listing academic qualifications and accomplishments as well as relevant work and research experience. Importantly, applicants should list their language skills and indicate levels of proficiency (both active and passive). 
  • Research Proposal (1000-1500 words not counting the bibliography), including the presentation of an original research question, a note on relevant source materials, and a brief discussion of the project’s contribution to the existing literature. Applicants should provide a short bibliography. Applicants may describe their motivation to study at the department (professors, expertise, research environment, etc.). The Proposal should also include a statement about the applicant's demonstrated proficiency in source and research languages relevant to the proposed project or any other qualifications and experience relevant to their work. See the following sample proposals: Sample 1, Sample 2 
  • Academic Writing Sample of 10 to 25 pages in the English language. This may include a summary of the MA thesis, previous course work in English, a translation of a research paper originally written in another language, etc. 
  • Two letters of recommendation