18. Januar 2012

15 Ph.D. Stipends/Fellowships and 2 Predoct. Fellowships

The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) invites applications to its Ph.D. program. BIGSSS is an inter-university institute of the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen and is funded by the German Excellence Initiative. The program provides close supervision of dissertation work within a demand-tailored education and research framework. Fellows are expected to choose Bremen as their place of residence. BIGSSS is part of an international network of highly acknowledged graduate programs. It supports its doctoral and postdoctoral fellows in achieving early scientific independence and provides funds for the conduct, presentation, and publishing of their research. The language of instruction is English.


Successful applicants for the Ph.D. and Predoctoral Fellowships will pursue a topic in one or more of BIGSSS' three Thematic Fields:

- Global Governance and Regional Integration

- Welfare State, Inequality, and Quality of Life

- Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts


1) 15 Ph.D. Stipends/Fellowships

BIGSSS seeks candidates with strong academic abilities and a Master's degree (or equivalent) in political science, sociology,  or psychology. Applicants with a degree in law, economics, or other social science disciplines are also welcome. We offer Ph.D. stipends of EUR 1.250/month for 36 months, contingent on successful completion of each year.


2) 2 Predoctoral Fellowships for BA Graduates

Additionally, BIGSSS offers 2 stipends of EUR 850/month for particularly talented BA graduates. After fulfilling some course requirements and having their proposals accepted within the first year, candidates can switch into the regular three year program.


More information as well as lists of required application materials can be found at For additional inquiries, please check the online FAQ and feel free to contact our admissions officer at


Ph.D. fellowships will start on September 1, 2012. Non-German students are strongly encouraged to apply. BIGSSS strives to increase the share of women in the university and hence also strongly encourages women to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are equally qualified will be favored. Applications must be submitted online under "Admissions" at until March 15, 2012.