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PhD Scholarships in Cognitive Science

Central European University - Department of Cognitive Science

Location: Vienna, Austria

Funding for: Graduate students from any country

Funding amount: Visit CEU Doctoral Scholarships

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.

Earn a valuable degree

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.

Elevate your research

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


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


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 study in Vienna, ranked as the world’s “most livable city” for ten years in a row. Located in the heart of Europe, the Austrian capital has much to offer, from a wide range of academic opportunities to a vibrant student life. Come join us in Vienna in 2021-2022!

Spark your career

Our program equips students with skills for successful careers in academia and other research-oriented sectors, meeting the growing demand for experts in social and computational cognitive science.

Fund your studies

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

Why CEU?

  • World-ranked master's and doctoral programs in the humanities and social sciences
  • Close supervision and faculty contact with world-class researchers
  • 82% of our graduate students receive financial aid
  • Valuable degree accredited in the U.S. and Austria
  • Committed to academic freedom and open debate
  • Based in Vienna, ranked as the world’s most livable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit

Apply by

  • February 1, 2021 for PhD studies with financial aid


For further enquiries, please contact:

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Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Vienna - Austria
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 3rd November 2020
Closes: 1st February 2021
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