Building on the strong tradition of rigorous, high-quality doctoral training on democracy initiated by NCCR Democracy, the University of Zurich offers an Excellence Programme in Democracy Studies, available to new Ph.D. candidates in the Social Sciences and related disciplines:
- Political Science,
- Communication Science and Media Research,
- Cultural Studies,
- Political Philosophy and
- Political Economy.
Resolutely transdisciplinary and placed under the aegis of the Graduate School of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (PhF), Democracy Studies allows participants to specialize in democracy and conduct their own doctoral research on a cognate theme in the unique Swiss context. They benefit from the expertise of world-renowned faculty and from the exceptional working conditions afforded by the University of Zurich. Democracy Studies is well integrated and cooperates intensively with institutions and doctoral programmes at home and abroad that share a strong interest in democracy research.
Every year, Democracy Studies offers a limited number of spaces for outstanding doctoral students with a strong interest in democracy research. The participants conduct their studies in their respective departments, where they ultimately receive their doctoral degrees. They regularly meet their peers from Democracy Studies for specialised modules, research colloquia and other activities, fostering a strong sense of community and many occasions for mutual learning. In addition, Democracy Studies boasts a thriving alumni network active in academia and beyond, further strengthening this sense of community.