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BIGSSS Admission

Application Information

The BIGSSS Ph.D. Program:

The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) invites applications to its Ph.D. program. The program will commence in October 2016.

Successful applicants for the Ph.D. fellowships will pursue a topic in one of BIGSSS' three Thematic Fields.

All fellows are expected to choose Bremen as their place of residence.

Financial Support:

BIGSSS offers 5 Ph.D. stipends of 1.300 Euros/month for 36 months, contingent on successful completion of each year. To support its Ph.D. fellows in achieving early scientific independence, it also provides funds for conducting, presenting and publishing research. There is no separate funding application, because all admitted applicants receive a stipend.

Admission Requirements:

  • An excellent MA degree (or national equivalents like the German "Diplom" or "Magister") in a discipline pertinent to at least one of BIGSSS' three Thematic fields (see above), i.e. in Political Science (including related degree programs in European Studies or International Relations), Sociology, Psychology, Law, Economics or Mass Communication. The degree must be completed by the end of July of the year of application, which means you may apply before having finished your MA degree.
  • English proficiency

Diversity and Anti-Discrimination

BIGSSS believes that diverse backgrounds and ideas are crucial to academic excellence. Therefore, BIGSSS welcomes and promotes diversity and ensures equal opportunity and inclusion for all of its members regardless of ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age or (dis-)ability. More information and contact details of our Equal Opportunities Officers can be found here.

Online Admissions System

The Online Admissions System for applying to our Ph.D Program opened at November 15th 2015. The deadline is February 15th 2016 and refers to the date of submitting the application online.