Call for papers: Our beloved BIGSSS Best Paper Awards go into the next round! Send in your single- and co-authored papers by Dec 31, 2019. more

A new BIGSSS contribution to the populism debate: M. Murat Ardag and Steffen F. Bandlow-Raffalski publish article on populist attitudes and political engagement. more

Congratulations to our alumna Regina Arant for winning the 2019 Ernst E. Boesch Prize for her dissertation on national and host country identity of German high school exchange students! more

A new publication by Carlo Knotz on the effects of unemployment benefit conditionality on employment in 21 advanced economies, 1980–2012. more

Welcome to BIGSSS!

The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) is one of Germany’s leading schools of doctoral training in the social sciences. Having started with just a handful of fellows in 2002, our school hosts more than 90 international PhD fellows today. So, if you are a member of this growing BIGSSS community: good to see you! Should you 'meet' us for the very first time: we hope that this website will help 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 academically, financially and logistically. 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 and by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation COFUND Program.

For more impressions view our film about Life at BIGSSS:

 

Academic Program

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

For more information on our PhD programs, please take a look at our Academic Program.

For a quick overview, you can also download the Program Flyer.

Admissions

Are you interested in becoming a BIGSSS fellow? Find all information on our different programs here: