A highlight in the BIGSSS calender each year: cross-disciplinary discussions and team-bonding at Gut Ankelohe! more

Call for Applications: 8th ECPR Summer School on Interest Group Politics will take place at BIGSSS in the summer of 2017. Apply until May 15th! more

Don't miss out on our career development workshops in the spring/summer semester 2017 more

A new fellow initiative at BIGSSS: working group on Migration and Refugee Studies takes up its work! 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 hosts more than 110 fellows from all parts of the world today. 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: