The aim of the PhD program is to prepare professional economists for research, teaching or government service careers. Coursework in the program is designed to ensure that students acquire rigorous knowledge in the core areas of economic theory and research methodology. During the research period, students will develop into independent researchers, with the ability to contribute to the analysis of fundamental economic questions facing transition and market economies.
Doctoral enrollment may continue up to a maximum of six years. Students admitted into CEU doctoral programs are eligible to receive a generous CEU Doctoral Fellowship and full tuition waiver for up to three years; the tuition waiver is provided for the whole duration of the program. Numerous additional funding opportunities exist, such as the Doctoral Research Support Grant Program, the Erasmus Mobility Scheme, and various research and travel funds.