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About EDSD

The EDSD is an eleven-month sponsored program that is offered every year aiming to provide students with an appropriate high-level education in demography to pursue their doctoral studies. Students will acquire a solid knowledge base on the causes and consequences of demographic change, population data, statistical and mathematical demography, as well as modeling, simulation, and forecasting. Many of the school’s courses concentrate on strengthening the quantitative and programming skills of the students. The language of the school is English and each cohort usually consists of 12 to 20 students.

Current location of the school

Over the years, EDSD has been held at several universities and research institutes. In the 2022/23 academic year, the School will be held at two different locations. The preparatory courses (from early September to late October 2022) will be offered at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research ( in Rostock, Germany. The core courses (from November 2022 until end of July 2023) will be held at the Centre for Demographic Studies ( at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. Students have to organize their own accommodation but can be advised by the EDSD staff. 

The EDSD is not an online programme, and students are expected to participate in person. However, due to the current uncertainty about the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared to make all the necessary arrangements to hold the School online when health conditions demand for it. At this time, we cannot predict whether the program will start online, on-site, or a combination of both. A decision will be made by the end of May, and we will communicate it on our website (

2023/2024 location of the school

The next EDSD cohort will be hosted by INED in Paris. 

More information about how to apply

Full fellowships

The EDSD does not charge fees. Several European research institutes and universities provide full fellowships for all students accepted to the program. Each student is matched with one of the Institutions within the EDSD network and receives a monthly stipend, plus travel grants.  Students are matched with an institution by EDSD and do not have to find their own supporting institute. Upon acceptance to the program, all students will be notified about, and put in contact with, their supporting institutes. Additionally, applicants can be also admitted if they offer their own funding. Our participant Institutions are Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Interdisciplinary Centre on Population Dynamics, Centre for Demographic Studies, Institut National d’Études Démographiques, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, Sapienza Universitá di Roma, Lund University, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Vienna Institute of Demography, Warsaw School of Economics, University of Groningen, University of Rostock, Tallinn University, Stockholm University, University of Southampton, Université Catholique de Louvain, London School of Economics.

Master’s Degree in Demography

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).

Upon successful completion of the program and presentation of a thesis, the students enrolled in the EDSD will receive an official European Master in Demography delivered by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Preparatory courses in Rostock

The courses in Rostock consist of (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 at CED in Barcelona.

Core courses in Barcelona

The program at CED consists of seven courses on (1) Population Data and Science, (2) Demographic Theories: causes and consequences, (3) Statistical Demography, (4) Current Population Issues, (5) Mathematical Demography and (6) Demographic Modeling, Simulation and Forecasting, (7) Thesis courses. In addition, computer, graphic, presentation, and writing skills are taught. Students devote 20% of their time to thesis research.

Students will be also offered the opportunity to attend CED’s Social statistics and Population Seminars held weekly.

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