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Nationalism and authoritarianism: Genealogies and morphologies – Joint PhD fellowships at CEU

Deadline: 1 February 2018
Open to: graduate students from any country
Benefits: generous scholarships, ranging from tuition awards to scholarships with stipends and housing, available to accepted students from any country


The joint doctoral fellowship program Nationalism and Authoritarianism: Genealogies and Morphologies brings together students and faculty researching nationalism from different disciplinary perspectives, with a particular focus on the complex and ramified relationship between authoritarianism and nationalism. The main objective of the interdepartmental cooperation is to integrate different disciplinary approaches in order to facilitate the regional, comparative, and global study of populist strands of nationalist politics. The study plan is designed to help students combine conceptual and methodological tools to generate conceptual and methodological tools to generate new insights into the genealogies and morphologies of authoritarian and nationalist politics through in-depth and comparative research.

For the academic year 2018/2019, we offer two doctoral fellowships. One is for a doctoral student wishing to explore these research areas primarily within the discipline of Political Science, the other one is for a doctoral student wishing to do his/her PhD study primarily within the discipline of History.  On the Political Science track we are particularly interested in project proposals that deal with the intersection of authoritarian and nationalism discourses, the interactions between dynamics of authoritarian regimes and their nation-building policies, the construction and application of nationalism ideas for authoritarian legitimation and consolidation. On the History track we deal with questions such as the historical relationship of nationalism, populism and authoritarianism, historical instances of mobilization of “uncivil societies”, the reconstruction of ideological traditions of authoritarianism and corporatism, as well as the morphology of authoritarian nationalist regimes and movements. We are open to both quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches as well as to in-depth regional studies and/or comparative research.

Each student will have two supervisors, one from his or her “home” department, and the other from the Nationalism Studies Program.  The Ph.D. program consists of two major phases: coursework and examination, and dissertation research and writing. Within the coursework, the PhD students  will take core courses in the Nationalism Studies Program, including a Ph.D. seminar on populism and neo-nationalisms, with the aim of familiarizing themselves with various historical and normative approaches to a common field of inquiry.  They will also have to satisfy the course and examination requirements of their respective doctoral programs, i.e. the Doctoral School of Political Science, International Relations, and Public Policy, and the Department of History.

Candidates must indicate their interest in the fellowship in their application submitted to the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations or the Doctoral Program in Comparative History.


CEU is committed to attracting talented students and scholars from around the world, and provides generous scholarships available to accepted students from any country


Apply by February 1, 2018 to study at CEU with financial aid. Doctoral scholarships include a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend for housing and living expenses. Find out more about CEU’s programs, admission requirements and available funding options at

How to apply?

For more information, please visit the official website and apply by February 1, 2018.