The Predoctoral Fellowship Competition

The BIGSSS Predoctoral Program:

The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) offers a Predoctoral Fellowship program. The program is designed for particularly talented BA and BSc students who wish to proceed straight into their PhD, and who have a background in the social sciences or humanities and/or those who have a preliminary social-scientific research idea in mind.

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

The program commences on September 1st.

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

Financial Support:

BIGSSS offers Predoctoral Fellowships of 800 Euros/month for 12 month for excellent BA and BSc graduates. After fulfilling some course requirements and having their proposals accepted within the first year, candidates can switch into the regular three year PhD 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 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.