MATILDA European Master in Women’s and Gender History

Established as part of the EU Erasmus programme, the MATILDA European Master in Women’s and Gender History is designed for students wishing to develop expertise in women’s and gender history, as well as European history, and who are interested in intercultural exchange.

The programme of study is spread over two years, includes 120 ECTS points, and links five leading European universities in an exciting, innovative and unique venture. Students can expect to study at least two different partner institutions (a ‘home’ and a ‘host’ institution), choosing from among the following:

  • University of Vienna (coordinating institution)
  • The Central European University (CEU) in Budapest
  • The Universite Lumiere Lyon 2
  • The University of Nottingham
  • The Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski

MATILDA profile

The MATILDA curriculum includes courses in core subjects in Women’s and Gender History (theory, methodology, and practice) and specialist options covering medieval to modern historical epochs, such as: History of Nationalism and Post-/Colonialism and History of Post-/Socialism; History of Masculinities; History of Gender in the Sciences; History of Gender and Work; History of Gender and Education; Comparative History of Women’s Movements, Women’s Oral History and Gender and Religion.

MATILDA supports integrative perspectives which go beyond local, regional, and national histories in order to situate these histories, as well as European history as a whole, in broader contexts. With its focus on comparative, entangled and transnational history, MATILDA aims to:

-explore the history of gender differences and similarities in European cultures and societies; -investigate the role of gender in shaping European history;

-challenge gender inequalities.

In addition to studying in at least two different countries there will also be a summer Intensive Programme during which all students on the course will come together with faculty in order to learn and to strengthen cooperation.

Transparency and comparability will be assured through the European Credit Transfer System and Diploma Supplement/Transcript.

For information about MATILDA in general and MATILDA at CEU please see the Joint and CEU Program Description and Curriculum 2013/2014

General information can be found on also on


At CEU transnational and comparative approaches are foregrounded, with place, class, “race,” religion and other categories informing the study of women and gender in history. Thematic foci include comparative histories of “state-socialism,” women’s activism and gender politics, as well as East/West-North/South relations, nation/nationalisms, and the study of the relationship between humanity and nature. MATILDA at CEU brings together faculty from many countries and research traditions with expertise in Gender and Historical Studies (including medieval studies).

Students who enter MATILDA through CEU and graduate from CEU will receive a US-accredited diploma and a Hungarian (and thus European) diploma.

For detailed information about MATILDA at CEU – including the 2013/2014 curriculum, mobility information, contact information at CEU, arrival, application information, etc. –please see the Joint and CEU Program Description and Curriculum 2013/2014.

Application and Entry Requirements

When to apply?

MATILDA Application Deadline for the academic year 2014/2015: May 5, 2014.

The April 30, 2013 deadline applies to candidates with language test scores who wish to be considered with highest priority for tuition waivers and fellowship awards.

Applications received after April 30, 2013 will be considered for admission, but will be on a wait-list for financial aid and thus have a low probability of receiving any tuition waivers or fellowships. Admission offers will be contingent on the possibility for obtaining a study visa by the start of the academic year 2013.

Tuition fees and financial aid CEU accepts applications from MATILDA candidates for CEU financial aid, including fellowship packages and tuition waivers on the basis of academic merit. In addition, CEU accepts fee-paying students for the MATILDA Program. Student mobility within MATILDA (summer intensive program, semester abroad) will be financially supported in most cases by the EU Erasmus program. MATILDA students with CEU as their home institution as a rule don't receive their CEU stipend (if they have one) for their semester(s) abroad, but they do receive their tuition waiver (if they have one).

To learn more about the admission please click here:

For general information on CEU entry requirements and application procedures click here

In addition to meeting CEU’s general entry requirements, MATILDA applicants should possess a BA in a humanities/social science subject and are required to submit the following documents:

Two letters of academic reference (in closed envelopes or per email)

A recent CV

One Motivation Letter in English
MATILDA applicants should have a genuine interest in developing comparative, entangled and transnational approaches to European women’s and gender history. This interest should be reflected especially in the 500-word typewritten Motivation Letter. The motivation letter should demonstrate a strong interest in European women’s/gender history (i.e. not in gender studies in general, but in gender history in particular), and present the ideas for the major research theme that you may wish to pursue at CEU, that is, if you have already developed these ideas.

MATILDA welcomes applicants from a variety of backgrounds and therefore need to find out as much as we can about the applicants’ particular background and previous experience of ‘doing’ European women’s/gender history. If the applicant has a background in, or has taken courses in, any area of women’s/gender history or gender studies, she/he should mention it in the Motivation Letter. MATILDA is also interested in whether applicants are familiar with comparative or integrative perspectives which go beyond local, regional, and national histories - and/or why applicants find such perspectives interesting. At the same time, if applicants do not have any academic or professional background in women’s/gender history and/or comparative approaches, then the program coordinators would like to find out why the applicant is interested in applying for this particular degree program and what academic motivations she/he has that make him/her a desirable candidate.

Responsible for MATILDA at CEU:

Professor Susan Zimmermann, email


Professor Francisca de Haan, email: