Graduate Institute (IHEID) Within international and development studies, anthropology and sociology are indispensable for the comparative study of global concerns in both margins and centres of power, and across their boundaries. The PhD in Anthropology and Sociology aims to provide students with theoretical perspectives and methodological tools to explore the social and cultural systems that influence, and are influenced by, policy interventions, especially – but not exclusively – in the field of development and international affairs.
Our four-year doctoral programme is tailored to students with a strong commitment to anthropology and sociology and a demonstrated capacity for independent research work. Through the foundational doctoral seminar, a weekly departmental seminar series and further opportunities to participate in cross-departmental colloquia, we offer a vibrant and welcoming intellectual community for PhD students.
The Department of Anthropology and Sociology offers a fast track entry to our doctoral programme on an exceptional basis. [ … ] The Graduate Institute offers competitively awarded funding for PhD students through scholarships and teaching assistant positions. In addition, a number of our students have been successful in obtaining funding for their studies through external grants, such as the Swiss government’s Doc.CH grants. Emphasising theoretical innovation along with empirically grounded research, the PhD programme prepares students for an academic career, or for research-oriented positions in the public, private or nonprofit sectors. Recent PhD graduates of our programme are pursuing postdoctoral research at the University College London and the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen.
Graduate Institute (IHEID), Switzerland