Swiss Doctoral School



The Swiss Doctoral School (SDS) in Affective Sciences is the doctoral program of the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (CISA). It offers free interdisciplinary emotion-specific training designed to complement the basic doctoral training received by each student in their respective discipline and university. The PhD students enrolled in the program will benefit from educational activities and the scientific expertise of peers through their active participation in a a large network of emotion researchers within and outside Switzerland. The program will foster opportunities to build the students’ professional networks through the activities proposed by the program.

  • PhD students enrolled in the SDS Affective Sciences will develop a unique academic profile having an integrated and interdisciplinary vision of phenomena linked to affective processes.
  • PhD students enrolled in the SDS Affective Sciences will develop an extensive academic network.



The program is free and open to any researcher doing a PhD on a topic related to emotion and/or other affective phenomena, irrespective of the field. The program is mainly intended for PhD students affiliated with Swiss institutions; however it is also open with some restrictions to students affiliated with foreign institutions. The program is compatible with other doctoral programs in Switzerland.



The SDS in Affective Sciences does not fund PhDs nor does it award PhDs (which are only granted by the University at which the student is enrolled). Instead, a certificate is issued after completion of the program to attest to the student's interdisciplinary training in the study of emotion. This certificate is complementary to any PhD degree issued by the student's university and does not in itself constitute a PhD diploma.



Guidelines of the Swiss Doctoral School in Affective Sciences: Click here to open the document.