How to Apply for the Affiliated PhD Program

Open Calls

Currently there is no open call for applications to the BIGSSS Affiliated PhD Program.



Doctoral candidates who already work in third-party funded or professorial research projects in the social scien­ces at the University of Bremen or Jacobs University may apply to BIGSSS for admission as "Affiliated fellows".

Their doctoral research projects should be related to one of BIGSSS' three Thematic Fields.

English language proficiency at the level of C1 is required.


General Information on Application - Please read carefully

If there is a current open call for applications, you should submit an application for the Affiliated PhD Program via email. Please refer to the call for applications to find information about application deadlines and program start dates.

You will find a list of what your application should include below.

Please submit applications in one single PDF file. You can download a free version of PDFCreator.

If you have any questions regarding the admissions process, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions section below after carefully reading the website or contact our Admissions Officer (


Application Materials for Affiliated PhD Fellowships 

For the detailed list of application materials with further guidelines please download the complete list of application material for an Affiliated PhD Fellowship at BIGSSS.

Online Admissions System

If you would like to apply for the BIGSSS Affiliated PhD Program, please read the admissions guidelines carefully and submit an application in one single PDF file via email to

Equal Opportunities at BIGSSS

BIGSSS welcomes diversity and promotes equal opportunities.