The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences is an inter-university institute of the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen. »
The integration of most major social-science disciplines into one school is a key asset of BIGSSS. »
Overview on BIGSSS' Three Thematic Fields. »
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.
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.
- 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.