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PhD Scholarships in Cognitive Science

Central European University - Department of Cognitive Science


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. 

Our department runs several research projects funded by the European Research Council in state-of-the-art research facilities. We have dedicated testing space, equipped for testing infants, children and adults, with eye and motion tracking, musical instruments, EEG and NIRS. We offer numerous opportunities for networking and collaboration. Our vibrant, multicultural community hosts weekly colloquium talks as well as regular conferences and workshops to exchange ideas and network with fellow researchers.

Study in Vienna 

Apply now and study in Vienna, consistently ranked among the world’s most livable cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Located in the heart of Europe, the Austrian capital has much to offer, from a wide range of academic opportunities to vibrant student life. 

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. ➜ 


Research Units and Research Groups

* Research Centers / Center for Cognitive Computation * Cognitive Development Center* Social

Mind Center / Research Labs and Groups / Adaptive Cognition and Economics * Casual Cognition

Lab * Language in Cognition * Information Search, Active and Ecological Learning Lab (ISEARCH)

* Vision Lab * Social Mind and Body (SOMBY) *

Sample Positions / Faculty and postdoctoral positions at Aarhus University * Harvard University * Santa Fe Institute * Kyoto University * Position in the industry at Egon Zehnder 

Why CEU?  

  • World-ranked master's and doctoral programs in the humanities and social sciences
  • Valuable degree accredited in the U.S. and Austria
  • 81% of our graduate students receive financial aid
  • 7:1 student/faculty ratio
  • Close supervision and faculty contact with top researchers
  • Students and faculty from 100+ countries
  • Committed to academic freedom and open debate
  • Based in Vienna, ranked among the world’s most livable cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit 

Apply by 

  • February 1, 2022 for doctoral 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: 25th October 2021
Closes: 1st February 2022
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