PhD in Cognitive Science at the CEU, Budapest

Starting 2011-12, the Department of Cognitive Science at the CEU, Budapest, will offer a PhD programme in Cognitive Science.

The curriculum: The main goal of the PhD program will be to ensure that the students master the basic notions and theories in cognitive science and can do cutting-edge doctoral research in one area of expertise of program, such as social cognitive sciences and the study of social cognition. The PhD program will provide basic training (taught courses) on at least the following topics: Cognitive psychology, Research methods in cognitive science, Social cognition.

Faculty: Gergely Csibra (cognitive development, cognitive neuroscience, József Fiser [from September 2011] (visual perception and cognition, biological and statistical learning), …

György Gergely (infant cognition, developmental psychopathology), Christophe Heintz (culture and cognition, scientific cognition, cognitive economics), Guenther Knoblich [from September 2011] (experimental psychology, social cognition, thinking), Natalie Sebanz [from September 2011] (social cognition, social cognitive neuroscience), Dan Sperber (part time – culture and cognition, communication and language, evolution), Anne Tamm (theories of language, linguistic diversity)

Admission criteria

Applicants are expected to hold an internationally recognized Master's or comparable degree in the standard disciplines that constitute cognitive science. A comparable degree in other Social Sciences, Humanities, or other disciplines will also be considered in case of an excellent academic record. We will consider the applications of exceptional students who only hold a Bachelor degree, provided it is in a discipline closely associated to cognitive science.

Further details on admissions, including deadlines, can be found at:


All PhD students are eligible to apply for full tuition waivers and full stipends from CEU. See for more information. A number of funding opportunities may also be available for pursuing doctoral research after the three-years CEU doctoral studenship.

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