Democracy Studies

DPDS students


Under the roof of the Graduate School PhF the Doctoral Program of Democracy Studies (DPDS) provides an intensive multidisciplinary training in theoretical and empirical democracy research. It is open for candidates seeking a doctorate in political science, media and communication science and philosophy.

DPDS builds upon solid conceptual and institutional grounds established by the NCCR Democracy. It aims at academic excellence in terms of early scientific independence, international visibility and intellectual networking.

DPDS combines in a form of structured freedom the advantages of standardized and ap­pren­ticeship models, a format highly appreciated by former program participants and the Swiss National Science Foundation. It cooperates intensively with institutions and doctoral programs at home and abroad (BGSSIPP Transnational) that share a strong interest in democracy research.

DPDS offers a limited number of spaces for outstanding doctoral students with a strong interest in democracy research. Read more ...