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Full Scholarships are Available for European Doctoral School of Demography 2018-2019, Germany and Denmark


March 15, 2018

Opportunity Cover Image - Full Scholarships are Available for European Doctoral School of Demography 2018-2019, Germany and Denmark

The EDSD is an innovative collaboration of demographic institutes and university departments across Europe. Its mission is to educate the next generation of Demographers. – It is free and you get full fellowships.


The EDSD is an eleven-month program that is offered every year aiming to provide students in the first year of their doctoral studies with an appropriate high-level education in demography. Students will acquire a solid knowledge base on causes and consequences of demographic change, population data, statistical and mathematical demography, as well as modeling, simulation and forecasting. The School’s courses are structured in such a way that the students work on precise formulation of a thesis topic and early steps of their dissertations. Many of the School’s courses concentrate on strengthening the quantitative and programming skills of the students. The language of the School is English.

In the 2018-9 school year the School will be held at two different locations. The preparatory courses (from early September to mid-October 2018) will be offered at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany. The core courses (from mid-October 2018 until end of July 2019) will be held at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark.

Successful completion of the School results in a European Research Certificate of Demography provided under the auspices of the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS). 


Preparatory courses in Rostock

The program in Rostock consists of four courses on (1) measures and models in demography, (2) basic mathematics for demographers, (3) basic statistics for demographers and (4) computer programming for demographers.

The aim of the preparatory courses is to prepare the students for the core courses in Odense. 

Core courses in Odense

The program in Odense consists of six courses on (1) causes of demographic change, (2) consequences of demographic change, (3) statistical analysis for demographers, (4) mathematical demography, (5) demographic data and (6) demographic modeling, simulation and forecasting. In addition, computer, graphic and presentation skills are taught. Students devote 20% of their time to thesis research.

How to apply

To be eligible for admission to the program, a student should hold an above average Master’s degree in demography, mathematics, statistics, public health, economics, sociology, geography, biology, computer science, history or another relevant field.

Prospective students should possess a curious mind and a deep interest in demography and population development either of humans or of species across the tree of life.

Non-EU citizens must be enrolled as PhD students at a University. The students must be able to document this enrollment with official documents, from the day they apply for a Danish work and residence permit (i.e. 3 months prior to the EDSD program in Odense) to the end of the EDSD program. Please make sure to highlight your enrollment in your application.

EU citizens must have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for the duration of the program. 

Application deadline is March 15, 2018 for start date in Sept 2018. 
Apply early and get early feedback about prospects for admission. 

To apply email the following documents to
• CV detailing educational and work history, language abilities, plus any scholarly publications. 
• One recent letter of recommendation. 
• Statement of purpose (up to 5 pages) giving an overview of your academic background, professional goals, quantitative skills (programming, mathematics, statistics), and research topics of interest to you.
• Official transcripts and degree certificates of your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English or English translation. 
• TOEFL (internet-based: 100, computer-based: 250, paper-based 600) or CAE test scores. Alternatively, a degree taught in English or a declaration of why you are proficient in English. 

Email inquiries concerning the application process should also be sent to

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January 25, 2018


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