PhD Scholarships

Call for PhD applications

Populism, Nationalism, and Authoritarianism: Mobilization Strategies and Discursive Repertoires

Available scholarships: 2 (one in Political Science, one in History)

Application deadline: January 31, 2020

The joint doctoral fellowship program Populism, Nationalism, and Authoritarianism: Mobilization Strategies and Discursive Repertoires 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 discursive repertoires of political actors as well as the use of populist frames and topoi in everyday political interaction. The fellowship is intended to facilitate the combination of macro-institutional (top-down) and micro-political (bottom-up) perspectives on populist mobilization.

 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. Candidates should have an interest in theoretical problems related to populism, nationalism and authoritarianism.

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.

Further information:

Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations

Doctoral Program in Comparative History

General information on the application procedure

CEU Online application form

For questions on organizational issues please contact the respective doctoral tracks:

Dr. Inna Melnykovska (, Political Science track

Mónika Nagy ( History track