Postdoc JOB OPENING at the BIGSSS Methods Center! We are looking for an expert in qualitative and/or mixed methods. more

Check out BIGSSS affiliated fellow Leslie Gauditz's new degrowth in movement(s) publication more

Call for Papers on "Where Is IR in Global Social Policy?" for next meeting of DVPW’s IR Section in Bremen on October 4-6, 2017 more

Call for Papers on "The Externalisation Society in Global Politics" for next meeting of DVPW’s IR Section in Bremen on October 4-6, 2017  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.


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