Call for NGOs

CEU combines teaching with the support of NGOs

If your organization has a request / question or a need related to one of the below courses, we offer you the volunteer work of students and lecturers to answer that, as part of a university semester course. The cooperation is free of charge, there is no cost involved.

We believe in the power of collaboration, working across sectors and outside the everyday “silos”, to learn and engage, with the ultimate goal to make a positive impact in the world. Our drive is to make better use of the knowledge and capacity of the university by supporting your work, and at the same time, give students a chance to do good through their studies.
In order for you to participate, please think about a request that is affiliated with the below topics.

As CEU is an international university in the social sciences and humanities, we generally use English as the language of cooperation but if your request / question / need requires German language, we do our best to accommodate.

Based on the location of CEU, as a priority we focus on Austrian NGOs. 


Die Central European University bietet Kooperation mit NGOs als Teil des Hochschulunterrichts an

Unser Ziel ist es, das Wissen und die Kapazitäten der Universität optimal zu nutzen, indem wir die Arbeit von NGOs unterstützen und gleichzeitig Studierenden die Möglichkeit geben, durch ihr Studium Sinnvolles in die Praxis umzusetzen.

Wenn Ihre Organisation Interesse an einem der unten gelisteten Universitätskurse hat, bieten wir an, dass Studierenden und Dozent*innen gemeinsam mit Ihnen im Rahmen einer Kooperation eine  für Ihre Organisation interessante Fragestellung oder ein Thema bearbeiten (z.B. Recherchen, eine Focus Gruppe, ein Videoprojekt etc.).
Damit Ihre NGO an unserem Angebot teilnehmen kann, denken Sie bitte über eine Fragestellung, ein Thema, Bedarfe nach, welche mit den unten aufgeführten Kursen in Verbindung stehen und kontaktieren Sie uns. Für Ihre Organisation entstehen keine externen Kosten, wir können Ihnen jedoch auch keine Rückvergütung für Ihren Aufwand geben.
Die CEU ist eine internationale Universität mit Schwerpunkten in Sozial- und Geisteswissenschaften, daher ist Englisch unsere Arbeitssprache, wir versuchen aber die Zusammenarbeit soweit möglich bilingual oder in Deutsch anzubieten.  Wir danken Ihnen für Ihr Verständnis. Alle weiteren Informationen über unser Angebot sind bisher ausschließlich auf Englisch verfügbar.

Aufgrund des Standortes unserer Universität konzentrieren wir uns vorrangig auf österreichische NGOs.





Civic Engagement The course educates students for civic and social responsibility, prepare them for lives of engaged citizenship, with the motivation and capacity to think critically, discuss and act.
Student co-design engagement projects with partner NGOs in the winter semester, and implement them during the spring.
January 2022
Misperforming world politics  No matter how hard politics tries to squeeze us into standardised "citizen holograms", they will always be a misfit. How can we instead look at the tightly woven social norms with the eyes of a child, and see alternatives to our common societal dilemmas?
The course includes sensitizing students through creative assignments that challenges the "norm" in gender, class, race, non-citizens and other topics. NGO requests can be part of such assignments.
January 2022
Environmental practicum A course-based internship programme: organizations can host a student(s) for assistance with a project or series of tasks for a total of 100 hours from mid-January to late-March / mid-April 2022. January 2022
Field Research and Qualitative Data Analysis Students can conduct ca. 30 interviews or make focus group sessions (incl. writing interview questionnaire, transcript, preparing the analysis) that you can use for your purposes, e.g. checking the acceptance or perception of your programme by the target group, analyse a campaign, etc. Available between
31st January – 18th February 2022
Tensions and Dilemmas of Transitional Justice The course discusses the aftermath of gross human rights
violations and trauma, such as genocides, not so much from the legal but from a political and human (mental health) perspective.
Any questions / tasks from a related organisation is welcome that can be turned into short student involvement.
January 2022


Language and politics Student assignments related to the role of language in being a citizen. Dialects, minorities, refugees. Linguistic diversity, language related discrimination.
Organisations working with habitants of Favoriten district especially encouraged to submit request.
April 2022
International Human Rights Advocacy The course looks at international human rights advocacy, combining practical insights with critical reflection. Relying on a diversity of sources, it assesses the nature and significance of international advocacy towards effecting change on the ground. All human rights related topics welcome, including food security, torture, freedom of expression.  April 2022
Deliberative Democracy in Practice Preparation, organization and evaluation of a
deliberative democracy event (forum, assembly, poll, etc.) on a given topic. The outcome: participants have informed opinion (as opposed to raw opinion) and the organisers learn the preferences of the community.
April 2022 (for a short project)
January 2023


Ethics of Big Data NGOs with question, programme or task related to organisational or societal level dilemmas around privacy, data use, human rights, democracy / tech concerns are encouraged to connect. E.g. how to address conflict of data need and principles in a mission-driven organisation? September 2022
Heritage and mobility The course explores how human mobilities alter the material realities around us. It cuts across two research fields, Heritage Studies and Migration Studies, applying a qualitative perspective.  September 2022

These are the list of courses and academic fields where we can currently offer capacity to cooperate. We are also open to receive questions from other fields, which will then be stored in an inventory, available for the university community.


Please submit your request through this

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We take it as a sign of your interest, it does not bear any obligation for you to cooperate. Once your request comes through, we put you in contact with the lecturer. All details of the collaboration will be discussed and agreed on mutually during the “partnership facilitation” phase. You are welcome to submit multiple requests, in this case, please fill in a separate form for each request.


Call for participation is open:  [extended deadline] 13th December 2021, incoming requests handled on a rolling basis. Spring and Fall Semester courses will accept request on an ongoing basis.
Info-sessions:  25th and 29th November 2021 (see details below)
Matchmaking and partnership facilitation:  November / December 2021

Winter semester starts:  January 2022
Spring semester starts:  April 2022
Fall semester starts:  September 2022


We offer online info-sessions to explain how can we support your work through collaboration, and what it entails. Participation is not a premise to submitting a request.

Please register to the event. Dates are:

10:00 on 25th November (Thursday) and
14:00 on 29th November (Monday).

The occasions will be identical in content, we offer two times slots in a hope that at least one of them suits your calendar. The sessions will be held in English.


If you have any questions about the call, please don't hesitate to contact us:

Name: (Mr) Andras Martoni
Position: Science Shop manager


For you as an NGO or community group, the Science Shop can give you access to the educational and research activities on CEU. We are open to other forms of cooperation also, please contact us at your convenience.

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