Call for Applications: IZA-BIGSSS PhD Fellowships! › view all


Application Deadline May 28, 2018 | Program Start Sept 1, 2018

The IZA-BIGSSS-Fellowships on Comparative Labour Market Research is a research-related, integrated doctoral program funded by the renowned Institute of Labor Economics (Das Institut zur Zukunft der Arbeit). The program is fully operated by BIGSSS, granting all PhD fellows unrestricted access to the resources of the graduate school. BIGSSS is part of an international network of highly acknowledged graduate programs. It supports doctoral fellows in achieving early scientific independence and provides funds for the conduct, presentation, and publishing of their research. The language of instruction is English.


BIGSSS-IZA PhD Program Terms and Conditions

The program commences on 1st September 2018. During the course of the program, IZA-BIGSSS fellows complete several mandatory PhD Milestones (curricular compontens). In addition to the regular curricular obligations at BIGSSS that will define the first three semesters of the program, the fellowship also provides for a practical, research-oriented part starting with the fourth semester. Fellows will then be working on their own dissertation projects at IZA, raising and analyzing data and getting valuable insights in the functioning of a large research institute.

Admitted fellows of the BIGSSS IZA Regular PhD will be offered a limited-time work contract (42 months, 65% TV-L 13), contingent on successful completion of all curricular requirements of the program. To support its PhD fellows, the fellowship also provides funds for conducting, presenting and publishing research. 


Eligibility and Application

We seek candidates with strong academic abilities and a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Political Science, Sociology, Economics, or Psychology with a project related to Comparative Labour Market Research. Applicants with a degree in related social science disciplines are also welcome. More information as well as lists of required application materials can be found at For additional inquiries, please check the online FAQ and feel free to contact our admissions officer at

Non-German students are strongly encouraged to apply. BIGSSS strives to increase the share of women in the university and hence also strongly encourages women to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are equally qualified will be favored. Applications must be submitted online through the BIGSSS admissions system. The call is open until May 28, 2018.


More Info

For more information on our IZA-BIGSSS PhD Fellowships, please visit the IZA-BIGSSS PhD Program Website.

You can also download the IZA-BIGSSS call for applications.