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PhD Scholarships in Network Science

Central European University - Department of Network and Data Science

Location: Vienna, Austria 

Funding for: Graduate students from any country 

Funding amount: Visit CEU Doctoral Scholarships  

As the world’s first department dedicated to the study of today’s ever-growing networks, we strive to train skillful scientists who understand the structure and functions of large-scale social, economic and political systems. We are a group of sociologists, physicists and data scientists who combine data science tools with a network science approach to offer new and exciting ways to tackle complex problems impenetrable to linear-proportional thinking. We translate ideas into research projects, which are often funded through major grants from EU and U.S. agencies. 

Earn a valuable degree 

PhD in Network Science / This pioneering, research-driven program will introduce you to network theory, methods and data so you can make sense of complex phenomena using simple principles of making network links. We offer advanced training in theoretical and computational methods, challenging coursework on the basic concepts and theories of large-scale networks, and hands-on experience in taming massive datasets.  

Working across disciplines, you will learn how to measure and predict the dynamics of complex networks—biological, social, physical or technical. You will have the opportunity to focus on a specific field, such as the theory of complex networks as well as their applications in economics, sociology, political science or environmental science, and take part in cross-border research projects. By the end of your studies, you will develop into an independent researcher who is able to uncover and untangle the patterns of our connected world. 

Elevate your research 

Explore big data: efficient ways to analyze, model and visualize networks of millions of people • Understand social processes: friendships and phone calls, spread of ideas and the emergence of order from chaos • Discover secrets of success: how teams innovate, scientists make breakthroughs and entrepreneurs make their first million • Uncover hidden webs: political corruption, terrorist networks, global finance and the wirings of the brain • Master mathematical foundations: graph theory, dynamic processes and graph limits  

Spark your career 

Be it academia, government or business, there’s a rapidly growing demand for network and data scientists in our increasingly interconnected, global society. Applied network scientists are sought after by tech giants and digital disruptors who want to improve users’ online experience. They are also employed as consultants for developing business infrastructures or as risk mitigation experts at major financial institutions.  

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!  

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 28, 2021 for PhD studies with financial aid  


For further enquiries, please contact: 

Student Recruitment Office 


Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Vienna - Austria
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 3rd November 2020
Closes: 28th February 2021
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