Ph.D. Fellowship Competition

The BIGSSS Ph.D. Program:

BIGSSS offers a Ph.D. program which commences on the 1st of September. Successful applicants for our Ph.D. fellowships will pursue a topic in one of BIGSSS' three Thematic Fields:

Field A: Global Governance and Regional Integration

Field B: Welfare State, Inequality and Quality of Life

Field C: Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts

As applicant you are asked to apply with your own research project broadly related to one of the three thematic fields. You must indicate one or two supervisors for your proposal. If you do not name one or two potential supervisors, your application will not be considered. Please be sure to check the BIGSSS homepage and the ones of our faculty for their research interests. By having a close fit to the research interests of BIGSSS faculty, we can assure the best possible supervision. Please note that you should not contact the potential referees directly. Instead, it is sufficient that you indicate their names in your Statement of Purpose. For more information, please refer to "Application Materials".

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

Financial Support:

Stipends of 1300 Euros/month for 36 months are paid to all accepted fellows, 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, Sociology, Psychology, or related social science disciplines e.g. 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 as described in the application materials section below.
  • Additionally BIGSSS offers 2 Preparatory Fellowships to particularly talented BA Graduates. Please refer to Predoctoral Fellowships to find out more about the program. 

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.

Application Deadline:

Please note that the admissions period for the program commencing in September 2015 is over. The application period for the Fall 2016 semester will begin in November 2015. The deadline refers to the date of receipt of the application.

Email inquiries about the application process should be sent to admissions-officer@bigsss-bremen.de. Or you may call the admissions officer, Hannah Hammerschmidt, at 0049 (0) 421 200 3956.

If you have questions regarding the admissions process, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions after carefully reading the website.