Doctoral Program «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 to doctoral candidates in political science, media and communication science and political philosophy.

The 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.

The 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.

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