Application and Admission

DPDS seeks motivated students from all over the world who:

  • Are interested in democracy issues
  • Hold a MA in Political Science, Media and Communication Science, Philosophy or in a related social science discipline
  • Are fluent in English
  • Have not yet started with their PhD or are in an initial phase
  • Bring their own funding (DPDS does not offer any scholarships or positions)

Required Application Materials

A complete application consists of:

  • Statement of purpose (incl. indication of subject of doctoral studies)
  • CV
  • Copy of diploma(s)
  • Research proposal (3-5 pages)
  • 2 Letters of recommendation
  • 2 Support letters from possible supervisors

DPDS may request additional academic documents, as needed.

Completing Application

Merged into one PDF file, applicants send their application to Dr. Doreen Spörer-Wagner.

Deadline for applications:

  • 30 November (start spring semester)
  • 31 May (start fall semester)

Admission Process

The Board of Directors decides on admission to DPDS. There is no right of admission.

Applicants will be notified by e-mail when a decision is available, normally by December 15 respectively June 15.

Admitted candidates follow the further application procedure as indicated on the website of the Graduate School PhF.