How to Apply for the Affiliated PhD Program


Doctoral candidates who 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.


General Information on Application - Please read carefully

The next Affiliated PhD program commences on February 1, 2017. Applicants to the Affiliated PhD Program should hand in their application packets before the end of November 2016 in order to be considered for the program starting on February 1, 2017. All deadlines refer to the date of receipt of the application, not the mailing date.

Candidates are asked to submit the following appli­cation ma­te­rials to the Admissions Officer (

Application Materials for Affiliated PhD Fellowships 


1.1. Completed Personal Information Form (This file can be viewed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader)

1.2. Statement of Skills and Experience with Methods of Empirical Social Research

1.3. Curriculum Vitae


2.1. Preliminary Dissertation Proposal (5-10 pages)

2.2. One-page Proposal Abstract


3.1. Statement of Consent

3.2. Master’s Degree Certificate

3.3. English Language Skills

Please note that this is just an overview of the application materials you will need. For the detailed list of application materials with further guidelines please see below:

Application Materials Affiliated Fellowship

Download the complete list of application material for an Affiliated PhD Fellowship at BIGSSS.

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