During the four-year (eight semester) PhD programme in physics, the activities of the PhD student will be focused on scientific research. The studies are pursued in close collaboration with the supervisor who is responsible for the scientific progress of the students. Taking graduate-level courses at the average of one or two courses per semester, and taking part in teaching under guidance, is also part of the programme. After every second semester the student must give a progress report to the Council of the Doctoral School in form of a local conference presentation. There is a serious checkpoint after the fourth semester in the form of a comprehensive examination. By passing the exam the student enter to the “research and dissertation” phase of the programme (next four semester), while failing will entail the dismissal of the further PhD studies. The PhD degree is awarded after the submission and defense of the thesis. For further details of the programme please see the Curriculum.
Call for application for the 2019-2020 academic year. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2019. Applicants from foreign countries are only entitled to Hungarian state scholarship and tuition-free education if they come from the EU or the EEA. Prospective applicants to the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme have to go through a pre-application process in February (see next chapter) for a limited number of SH research topics.
The full list of available research topics can be found here. The applicants are required to contact their prospective supervisor, and should submit the provisory acceptance letter written and signed by the supervisor. This provisory acceptance letter does not mean the admission to the doctoral school. The attachments of the application must also include the recommendations by two prominent researchers in the chosen field of research.
The selection procedure takes place in June and involves a Skype interview with the admission committee.
The tuition fee is 450,000 HUF/semester, which is reduced to 90,000 HUF/semester if the research work is performed in one of the collaborating research institutes.
Applicants from the EU or the EEA obtaining the Hungarian state scholarship and tuition-free education are eligible for the monthly stipend of PhD students, which amounts to 140,000 HUF per month in the first four semesters of education and 180,000 HUF per month in the second four semesters of education. While living expenses in Hungary are lower than the EU average, this sum in itself is not enough for a decent standard of living, and one may need further support from other sources.. The applicant may also contact the prospective supervisor before application whether the supervisor can provide additional support from research grants.
Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme
Students from certain countries may apply for tuition-free education, a monthly stipend, a contribution to accommodation costs, and medical insurance via the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme.
The applicants have to go through a pre-application process handlied by Tempus Public Foundation. The following documents should be sent directly to the address firstname.lastname@example.org (Doctoral School of Physics) not later than 28 February 2019:
a. Curriculum vitae
b. Summary of MSc thesis work
c. Two independent letters of reference
d. Motivation letter, stating the applicant’s research interests
e. Provisory acceptance letter of the prospective supervisor
The applicants are required to contact their prospective supervisor, and should submit the provisory acceptance letter written and signed by the supervisor. This provisory acceptance letter does not mean the admission to the doctoral school. Candidates nominated by the Sending Partner enter the Doctoral School according the regular PhD admission scheme.
The list of research topics for applicants for the Stipendium Hungaricum programme is not available after the application deadline.