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Department of Political Science

Application Instructions


Applications for S3DS 2023 are closed.


Interested young scholars can apply to participate in the summer school online. Applicants will be asked to upload an application dossier in one single PDF with:


Curriculum Vitae

Please provide a short CV (max two pages)
Motivation Statement Please outline your motivation for attending the summer school (max 300 words)
Research Proposal Please outline the project you would like to present in the summer school (e.g. your research paper, conference contribution, publication draft, etc, max. 300 words)

Participation is competitive and limited to 16 participants. Accepted participants will be notified by email and asked to confirm their participation within one week.


The summer school fee includes:

  1. tuition,
  2. lunches and coffee breaks,
  3. all group and social activities



External participants

700 CHF (plus VAT)

with accommodation


450 CHF

without accommodation
PhD candidate from a partner University of the Swiss PhD-Network Democracy Studies:

450 CHF

with accommodation

250 CHF

without accommodation
There is no fee for Ph.D. Candidates enrolled at the University of Zurich


Some places are available for Ukrainian candidates with all costs covered

Terms and Conditions

Upon confirmation of participation, accepted participants should proceed with online payment of the respective fee through the online UZH event portal of the S3DS.

Cancellation policy:

  • Cancellations made two months before: Full refund less an administrative charge of CHF 50.00
  • Cancellations made one month before: Refund of fifty percent less an administrative charge of CHF 50.00
  • Cancellations made two weeks before: No refund to be made.

Participants registered for workshops canceled by the Summer School organizers will be entitled to a full refund.


A very limited number of grants is available for accepted participants who cannot get funding from their home institutions or from elsewhere. There is a separate application process for grants, open only to accepted participants.

The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • You are a self-funded graduate student;
  • You have not received a Summer School grant the previous year;
  • You have been accepted to the Summer School as a participant.

Accepted participants can submit an additional grant application online upon acceptance.

Please prepare the required documentation in advance:

1. Written proof that you sought external Summer School funding (e.g. copy of the notice of rejection) or statement that you did not look for external funding;

2. Official letter in English from the head of the department or the coordinator of your doctoral program stating you are self-funded and don’t have any internal funding available or other support towards the costs of the Summer School;
3. Copy of your student ID card;

4. Letter of recommendation (e.g., from your primary supervisor)

The Summer School can offer only one category, from the following options:  

  • Fee waiver or
  • Travel costs refund or
  • Accommodation costs refund or

Please note that the application process is competitive and success is not guaranteed. 


A letter confirming participation can be issued once the participant has paid the registration fee.

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S3DS 2023 Democracy and Peace


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