The European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD) was founded in 2005 on the initiative of the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS). It currently receives the support of 6 universities (Lund, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Groningen, Roma, Rostock) and 4 research organisms (INED, NIDI, MPIDR, VID).
The EDSD is open to students of all nationalities with a master's degree and enrolled in the first year of a European PhD programme. 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. Teaching is provided by leading international experts in the fields of study covered. Since the School places great importance on both teaching demographic methods and preparing the student for a career in demography, each course will expose the students to a number of guest lecturers discussing their topics of expertise. By the end of the year, EDSD participants will have developed an extensive network of contacts with established researchers from throughout Europe.
The EDSD admits a new cohort of about 20 students every year. The EDSD does not charge fees, and makes available a number of scholarships to enable students to attend the School's course program. The language of the school is English.
The EDSD is an eleven-month program (from September to July). For school years 2007-8 and 2008-09, the School has been located and operated at INED in Paris (France). For school years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, the School will be hosted at the Center for Economic Demography at Lund University (Sweden). The preparatory courses (from September to mid-October) will be offered at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock (Germany)
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