Application and Admission

The 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, and
  • Bring their own funding (hold a job, a fellowship or other).

Main steps of application

Application (in ONE pdf file) to the DPDS program coordinator

  • A letter of motivation incl. written statement on how the applicants are going to cover their living expenses (the DPDS does not offer any positions or scholarships),
  • Research proposal (max. 5 pages),
  • CV,
  • Copy of diplomas,
  • Two letters of recommendation (not older than 2 years, provided by professors one of whom should be a prospective main supervisor).

Application deadlines

  • 1 June (autumn semester)
  • 1 December (spring semester)
Selection of candidates

The DPDS board of directors (BoD) decides about the admission of applicants.

Selected candidates start within six months of acceptance to the DPDS.
More information about admission to doctoral studies at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Zurich is available on the office of the dean's website.