BIGSSS Affiliated PhD Program
Combining Project Work with a Structured Doctoral Education
BIGSSS offers an Affiliated PhD Program to doctoral candidates who already work in third-party funded or professorial research projects in the social sciences at the University of Bremen or Constructor University. Affiliated fellows assign their doctoral research projects to one of BIGSSS' three Thematic Fields. They take part in the BIGSSS curriculum with a reduced work load and complete several PhD Milestones.
Affiliated PhD Fellows follow the BIGSSS Regular PhD program curriculum with a reduced course work.
Right after the commencement of the program, Affiliated PhD Fellows attend a two-week Preparatory Forum in Methodology together with BIGSSS Regular PhD Fellows and participate in an Academic Integrity Workshop.
During the first semester, Affiliated fellows participate in the Core Theory Seminar and the Proposal Workshop to develop their PhD research project. At the end of the second semester, Affiliated Fellows may take part in the two-day Retreat. In the second semester, they defend their PhD proposal to the public (PhD milestone).
During the entire program
Affiliated PhD Fellows participate in the Doctoral Colloquium and attend the BIGSSS Lecture Series in all semesters.
Beyond their curricular requirements, Affiliated Phd Fellows are welcome to attend our Methods Training and Transferable Skills Workshops.
Affiliated fellows benefit from the BIGSSS' supervisory structure which entails independent supervision by a three-member Dissertation Committee chosen by the fellow in consultation with the Coordinator of his/her Thematic Field. All fellows will submit a final dissertation proposal, developed within a BIGSSS proposal workshop, seven months after the commencement of the BIGSSS program, as well as participate in a Progress Assessment Colloquium at the end of each academic year. This structure supports our fellows in completing excellent dissertations.
Currently there is no open call for applications to BIGSSS Affiliated PhD Program.