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PhD in Cognitive Science

Central European University - Department of Cognitive Science

Who we are

We explore the social and biological aspects of human cognition and behavior: how learning, processing and sharing information takes place and how the interplay between the human mind and sociocultural practices affects people’s actions. Students, together with faculty, carry out interdisciplinary research right from the start, drawing on psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, mathematical modeling, linguistics and the social sciences. Our department runs several research projects funded by the European Research Council in state-of-the-art research facilities with technology for infant studies, eye and motion tracking, music, EEG and NIRS. Our vibrant, multicultural community also hosts weekly colloquium talks as well as regular conferences and workshops to exchange ideas and network with fellow researchers. 

What we offer 

PhD in Cognitive Science / This research-intensive, multidisciplinary program provides specialized knowledge in the fields of social cognition, cognitive development as well as formal and biological models of perception and learning. You will receive regular supervision and practical research training in our labs, from experimental design to data analysis. You will also have the opportunity to join research groups and work closely together with faculty members. 

What you will study 

  • Behavioral economics
  • Cognition and culture
  • Cognitive development
  • Cooperation
  • Computational models
  • Embodied cognition
  • Infant social cognition
  • Joint action
  • Learning and memory
  • Social cognitive neuroscience
  • Statistical learning
  • Visual perception

Research centers:

  • Center for Cognitive Computation
  • Cognitive Development Center
  • Social Mind Center

Experimental facilities:

  • Baby Lab
  • Child Lab
  • Decision-Making Lab
  • Music Lab
  • Social Mind and Body Lab
  • Visual Perception and Learning Lab 

Study in Vienna 

Apply now and be among the first to study at our new campus in Vienna! Did you know that the Austrian capital has been ranked as the world’s “most livable city” for ten years in a row? Find out more about CEU in Vienna at

Fund your studies 

In pursuit of our mission, we strive to attract world-class graduate talents from all over the world. This is why we offer generous and accessible scholarships, available to students from any country. Doctoral scholarships include a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend for living expenses. Learn more at

Apply by 

  • January 30, 2020 for PhD studies with financial aid

Find out more about CEU programs, admissions requirements and available funding options here

Why CEU 

  • Students and faculty from 100+ countries
  • 16,000+ alumni across 6 continents
  • Accredited in the U.S., Austria and Hungary
  • Generous scholarships
  • A community committed to academic freedom and open debate
  • Based in Vienna, the heart of Europe 


Student Recruitment Office


Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Vienna - Austria
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Monthly stipend
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 21st October 2019
Closes: 30th January 2020
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