Doctoral studies program

The Center for the Study of Democracy’s doctoral program is organized within the framework of Leuphana Graduate School, a US-style program that is unique in Germany. By integrating the doctoral programs of all faculties, Leuphana Graduate School facilitates interdisciplinary learning and research.

Course program

During the three-year semi-structured doctoral program at Leuphana Graduate School, doctoral students attend interdisciplinary courses on the practice & ethics of research, philosophy of science, and research methods. Moreover, they participate in the weekly Tuesday Seminars, the CSD’s research colloquium, where they present their dissertation project twice within the three years research period.


The first step in applying for the doctoral studies program at the CSD is finding the right supervisor. Our web page provides you with first information about the subject areas in which CSD professors are actively involved in research. As soon as you have a concrete idea about your dissertation topic, we invite you discuss this topic with our academic staff. Please feel free to contact those professors whose academic field is close to your research topic.

After you have found a supervisor at the CSD, you are eligible to apply for a PhD program at Leuphana Graduate School and for Leuphana fellowships. There is no application deadline.

Further information

For further information, please visit the web pages of Leuphana Graduate School.

Doctoral Research Group Political Science

We also invite you to contact CSD’s researchers directly by e-mail.