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University of Zurich Digital Society Initiative Excellence Program for PhD students

The Digital Society Initiative (DSI) at the University of Zurich (UZH) offers an Excellence Program for new and beginning PhD students interested in the digital transformation.

This program is aimed at prospective or recently enrolled PhD students at UZH interested in the digital transformation process in society. Applicants from all disciplines (social sciences and humanities, medical sciences, natural sciences, economics, law, computer science) are invited to apply.

The program features courses about digital skills and technical knowledge, interdisciplinary thinking and problem-solving, and critical reflection on all aspects of a digital society, including ethical, legal, and societal aspects of digital change. Participants will receive a DSI Excellence Program certificate upon successful completion of the program.

Prospective UZH PhD students can apply via the Application for New PhD Students. UZH PhD students already enrolled in a doctoral degree program should view the Application for Enrolled UZH PhD Students.

Applications for fall, 2021 for both programs is December 10, 2020.

View further details on the program website. For further information, please contact program coordinator Dustin Wüest at