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 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.



* Notice: application period for the Winter semester was closed on December 13th, 2021. You can apply for 2022 Spring, Fall courses on an ongoing basis.



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 where our academic colleagues currently expressed interest to cooperate. We are OPEN TO RECEIVE QUESTIONS FROM OTHER FIELDS: if you don't see your question / request fit in one of those courses, we will do our best to find a relevant lecturer / department to explore collaboration possibilities with.


Please submit your request through this

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Note: we sometimes experience server-connectivity problems. In case the above hyperlink doesn't work, please download the form in an Ms Word format, and send the filled in form to Thank you. 

File submit_a_request.docx

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: Spring and Fall Semester courses accept request on an ongoing basis.

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


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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