Our alumni and social cohesion experts Mandi Larsen and Regina Arant participate in the 2016 Stockholm Security Conference on Secure Cities and meet the King of Sweden more

Our Vice Dean Klaus Boehnke takes part in New Delhi expert round table on Social Cohesion more

Call for Papers: BIGSSS Best Paper Award goes into its fifth round! more

Welcome to our new BIGSSS-HWK Fellow Prof. Lucia Quaglia 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

Doctoral training at BIGSSS follows the principles of demand-tailored education, close supervision, progress monitoring, and effective funding.

For more information on the components and goals of the BIGSSS PhD program please take a look at our Academic Program or download our Program Flyer.

Admissions

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