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 12 universities (Amsterdam, Groningen, Lund, Roma, Rostock, Tallinn, Warsaw School of Economics, London School of Economics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Université catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, University of Southampton, University of Southern Denmark) and 5 research institutions (CED, INED, MPIDR, NIDI, VID).
The EDSD is open to students of all nationalities with a master's degree. 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 up to 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 2005-06 and 2006-07, the School was located and operated at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock (Germany). For school years 2007-08 and 2008-09, the School was located at INED in Paris (France), for school years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, at the Center for Economic Demography at Lund University (Sweden), and for school years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 at the Centre for Demographic Studies of the Barcelona Autonomous University. For school years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, the preparatory courses (from September to mid-October) were located at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock (Germany) and from end of October to July the main location of the EDSD was the Institute of Statistics and Demography, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland.
In school years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, the preparatory courses (from September to mid-October) are offered at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock (Germany) and from end of October to July the main location of the EDSD is the Department of Methods and Models for Economics, Territory and Finance, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.