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Academic Program

Doctoral students benefit from a structured and targeted three-year program within which they will complete a curriculum requirement of 30 ECTS. Almost half of the credit points will be acquired through modules organized by the DPDS (section A-D). The remaining credit points (section E) consist of a combination of electives (e.g. summer schools in methods, international conferences etc.) tailored to students’ individual needs and funded by the DPDS. Depending on demand, additional workshops and courses will be offered.

COMPULSORY Modules
Year
ECTS
OPTIONAL ModulesYearECTS
(A) Course on democracy research
1/2
3
(E) Courses in methods 1-3 5
(B) Research colloquium
  • Research paper I
  • Research / Conference paper II (+ paper discussion)
  • DP Workshop (Research / Conference paper III)
1
2
3
3
4
3
(E) Subject-specific courses and / or transferable skills 1-3


8

(C) Swiss Summer School Democracy Studies 1-3 3
(D) Scientific writing or Project management 1 1
Subtotal I 17 Subtotal II 13

Additional Research Funding

Participants can apply for a pre-defined amount of money for expenses related to data collection and analysis, and edi­to­rial assistance related to publications in English such as articles in international journals or a monograph.

Publication Awards

Two prizes will be awarded for the best publication by a doctoral student accepted by a peer-reviewed journal: Living Reviews in Democracy (500 CHF) and any other journal (1’000 CHF).

Mentoring System

Alumni’s career paths can serve as an orientation for current doctoral students where to get placed after the completion of their PhD. The program coordinator will assist to get in touch with former program participants.

Network partners

The DPDS cooperates with doctoral programs in Switzerland and abroad (BGSS, IPP Transnational) that share the interest in democracy research. Participants benefit from additional training offers and intellectual exchange.

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