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Doctoral Program Democracy Studies (DPDS)

The Doctoral Program Democracy Studies (DPDS) provides an intensive, multi-disciplinary doctoral training in theoretical and empirical democracy research. It is open to PhD students in political science, media and communication science and political philosophy who are interested in theoretical and/or empirical issues of democracy research.

The DPDS builds upon solid conceptual and institutional grounds established by the NCCR Democracy ten years ago. It aims at academic excellence in terms of early scientific independence, international visibility and intellectual networking. For this purpose, the DPDS combines in a form of structured freedom the advantages of standardized and ap­pren­ticeship models, a format which has been positively evaluated by both, former program participants and the Swiss National Science Foundation (past evaluations).

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