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 applicant is going to cover his 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.