BIGSSS Symposium on “Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts” at 23rd International IACCP Congress in Nagoya, Japan more

BIGSSS launches new EU co-funded PhD program BIGSSS-departs (doctoral education in partnerships) more

BIGSSS faculty member and qualitative and mixed methods specialist Margrit Schreier gives keynote at this year's Berlin Meeting on Qualitative Research Methods more

June 27-July 2: BIGSSS hosts summer school and public events on Intergroup Conflict in Ukraine more

Welcome to BIGSSS!

For many years now, the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) has been one of Germany’s leading schools of doctoral training in the social sciences. Having started with just a handful of candidates in 2002, our school today hosts more than 110 fellows from all parts of the world. So, if you are a member of this growing BIGSSS community: good to see you again! Should you be a newcomer or should you ‘meet’ us for the very first time: we hope that this website helps you in getting to know more about both BIGSSS and its academic mission.

Our PhD program, in a nutshell, provides close supervision of dissertation work accompanied by demand-tailored education. Working at BIGSSS means to be embedded in a vibrant research landscape: our supporting institutions located at the public University of Bremen and the private Jacobs University Bremen provide us with the means to support our fellows financially, logistically, and professionally. Moreover, BIGSSS is part of an impressive international network of strong graduate programs.

Our educational concept, combining the strengths of the Bremen social scientific landscape with an innovative qualification program and supervision strategy, was acknowledged twice by an international board of reviewers in the German Excellence Initiative in 2007 and 2012 respectively.

Academic Program

The BIGSSS PhD program provides close supervision of dissertation work accompanied by demand-tailored courses, teaching opportunities, and soft-skill training.

For more information on the components and goals of BIGSSS' doctoral training please take a look at our Academic Program.


Are you interested in becoming a BIGSSS fellow? You can find all information on application requirements and procedures for our different programs here: