The EDSD is an eleven-month program that is offered every year, with the goal 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. The language of the School is English.

 In the upcoming school year the School will be held at two different locations. The preparatory courses (from early September to mid-October 2015) will be offered at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research ( in Rostock, Germany. The core courses (from mid-October 2015 until end of July 2016) will be held at the Department of Methods and Models for Economics, Territory and Finance ( as well as the Department of Statistics ( at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.

 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).

 The EDSD does not charge fees. Several European research institutes and universities provide full fellowships for all students accepted to the program.

 The application deadline is April 15, 2015.

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