How to Apply for the BIGSSS-departs PhD Program

If you are interested in becoming a BIGSSS-departs PhD fellow, please take a look at the following guidelines to find all the essential information on open calls, admission requirements, application materials and FAQ.

PLEASE NOTE: all applications for the NEW ROUND OF APPLICATIONS for the BIGSSS-departs PhD Program (program start Sept 2017) must be submitted through our departs 2017 admissions system. Email applications will not be considered.

 

Application Requirements

  • An excellent MA degree (or national equivalent) in a discipline pertinent to at least one of BIGSSS' three Thematic Fields, i.e. Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, or related social science disciplines e.g. Law, Economics or Mass Communication. The degree must be completed by May 31 of the year of application, which means you may apply before having finished your MA degree.
  • English proficiency as described in the application materials section below.
  • Applicants must apply with a freely chosen dissertation project which fits into one of BIGSSS' three Thematic Fields.
  • Applications have to demonstrate a thematic fit between the dissertation proposal and the potential supervisor’s research area. You can download the list of recent research areas and faculty. Please note that applicants are requested not to contact faculty members directly.
  • Due to EU COFUND regulations, applicants must be in the first four years of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree
  • Due to EU COFUND regulations, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the date of their recruitment. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

 

General Application Guidelines - Please read carefully

Please submit your application for a BIGSSS-departs PhD Fellowship electronically via our departs 2017 admissions system.

Please note that the program commences on September 1, 2017. The application deadline for the BIGSSS-departs PhD program is January 31, 2017 in order to be considered for the program starting in September 2017.

All deadlines refer to the date of receipt of the application, not the mailing date. Please apply by using our departs 2017 admissions system.

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 or contact our Admissions Officer (admissions-officer@bigsss-bremen.de).

 

Application Materials

Please make sure to download and read the complete list of application materials for the BIGSSS-departs PhD Program, including all detailed descriptions and guidelines!

Checklist of application materials for a BIGSSS-departs Fellowship:

  1. Personal Information form (to be completed in the online admissions system)
  2. Curriculum Vitae (free text - PDF)
  3. Preliminary Dissertation Proposal (free text - PDF)
  4. One-page Proposal Abstract (free text - PDF)
  5. Statement of Purpose (free text - PDF)
  6. Statement of Skills and Experience with Methods of Empirical Social Research (free text - PDF)
  7. MA/BA/Diplom/Magister Certificates (scan - PDF)
  8. University Grade Transcripts (scan - PDF)
  9. Certification of English Proficiency (we accept TOEFL, iELTS, CAE/CPE (Cambridge Exams)) (scan - PDF)
  10. Ethics Form (download Ethics form - PDF; download Guidance on how to complete the Ethics form)
  11. EU Mobility Rule (EUMR) and Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) Confirmation Form (download EUMR & ESR form - PDF)
  12. Two Recent Letters of Recommendation (to be submitted by referees via the online admissions system)
  13. Optional: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (scan - PDF)

Please make sure to download and read the complete list of application materials for the BIGSSS-departs PhD Program, including all detailed descriptions and guidelines!

All application materials must be submitted via our departs 2017 admissions system only.

 

FAQ

You will find answers to the frequently asked questions regarding the admissions process to the BIGSSS-departs PhD Program in our list of FAQ. Please read them carefully before submitting your application in the online admissions system.

Online Admissions System

If you would like to apply for the BIGSSS-departs PhD Program, please use our departs 2017 admissions system.

 

 

 

Anti-Discrimination at BIGSSS

BIGSSS welcomes diversity and promotes equal opportunities. For more information please click here.

Please note that due to EU COFUND regulations, BIGSSS is bound to abide to the EU Mobility Rule (EUMR) and Early-State Researcher (ESR) regulations in the admission of applications to the BIGSSS-departs PhD Program.