How to Apply for the Affiliated PhD Program

Open Calls

There are currently no open calls for our Affiliated PhD Program. Please check back at a later time. For questions, please contact our admissions officer at



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 using the online admissions system. 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.

Our online admissions system will only accept documents in pdf-format. 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 use our online admissions system.

Equal Opportunities at BIGSSS

BIGSSS welcomes diversity and promotes equal opportunities.