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Master's Scholarships in History

Central European University - Department of History

Location: Vienna, Austria 

Funding for: Graduate students from any country 

Funding amount: Visit CEU Master’s Scholarships 

Breaking down disciplinary and geographical borders, our programs offer theoretically and methodologically based training in the history of Eastern, Central and Western Europe; the Eastern Mediterranean; the Middle East; and Central Asia. Guided by faculty from over 16 countries, students can closely examine the Habsburg, Romanov and Ottoman Empires and their legacies, as well as 20th-century totalitarian regimes through the lens of religious, cultural, intellectual and social history. They will also benefit from our innovative approach to researching, understanding and teaching comparative and transnational history. In addition to coursework at the Vienna campus, students may also take advantage of academic activities and resources available at CEU’s Budapest campus.  

Earn a valuable degree 

MA in Comparative History / 1 YEAR / The program is built around the comparative research of early modern, modern and contemporary history. It encourages students to explore a multitude of scholarly approaches and disciplines, including oral history, historical anthropology, intellectual history, conceptual history, microhistory, urban history and gender history. Learn more at  

MA in Comparative History: From 1500 to Present Time / 2 YEARS / This program is for students who prefer a more flexible timeline for identifying and carrying out a research project or wish to delve into the study of research languages. Find out more at

MA in History in the Public Sphere (HIPS) / 2 YEARS / This is a two-year Erasmus Mundus master’s program that focuses on the ways the past is represented, contested and negotiated in the public sphere. It is operated by a consortium of universities and takes students to Vienna, Budapest, Tokyo, Florence, Lisbon and Paris. More information:

MA in European Women’s and Gender History (MATILDA) / 2 YEARS / Offered jointly with the Department of Gender Studies, this program provides expertise in women’s and gender history. It is operated by a consortium of universities. See for details. 

Elevate your research 

The Habsburg, Ottoman and Romanov empires and their legacies • Nationalisms and internationalisms • Fascism • Communism and post-communism • Religious history • Intellectual, cultural and art history • Economic and labor history • Urban history • Gender history • Public history • Diplomacy and international relations • Everyday life and microhistory • Emotions in history  

Spark your career 

More than half of our graduates pursue a career in academia and research. In addition to our excellent MA students that have continued their doctoral studies here at CEU, many have been accepted to PhD and postdoctoral programs at universities such as Berkeley, Cambridge, Chicago, Columbia, EUI, Harvard, Munich, Oxford, Princeton and Yale. Our alumni obtained positions at 

Duke, Oxford, Princeton and other prestigious universities around the world, including Berlin, Boston, Cincinnati, Dublin, Durham, Istanbul, Kyiv, London, Nashville, Maastricht, Moscow, Perth, Prague, St. Petersburg, Singapore, Vienna and Zagreb. Others make use of their acquired skills in business, film, news media, foundations, international organizations, diplomacy and governments.  

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, including tuition awards and scholarships with stipends, available to students from any country. Learn more about how to fund your studies 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 master's studies with financial aid 
  • March 15, 2021 for self-financing master's candidates who will require a study visa 
  • August 16, 2021 for self-financing master's candidates who will not require a study visa 


For further enquiries, please contact: 

Student Recruitment Office 


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