BIGSSS Graduate School Scholarship Program „Global Inequality, the Middle Classes and the Welfare State“
BIGSSS was selected by the DAAD to host up to four international PhD students in its new Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) "GloWel - Global Inequality, the Middle Classes and the Welfare State" in 2021 and 2022 (two each year).
GloWel will focus on the interrelation between the development of global inequalities, global social policies, and the role of the emerging middle classes for social and political integration. Embedded in the vibrant Bremen social science environment, we are particularly interested in comparative perspectives on the Global South and North. The program has strong ties to Bremen’s CRC 1342 “Global Dynamics of Social Policy” and the national Research Centre for Social Cohesion.
The English-language doctoral program will include a structured curriculum and close guidance by experienced researchers while at the same time fostering early academic independence and creativity by providing support for conducting, presenting, and publishing the Ph.D. fellows' self-chosen research projects. The call for applications can be found here.
Who Can Apply?
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee of PIs and Fellow Representatives at BIGSSS. Based on the excellence of their applications, candidates will be selected for a nomination to the final decision process of the DAAD. Applicants who have been selected for a scholarship by a graduate school that participates in GloWel must then submit a completed application form with all supporting documents, via the DAADportal. The following criteria must apply:
- You are an international applicant, proficient in English language (speaking & writing). We particularly encourage applications from the Global South.
- You must not have resided in Germany any time after February 15, 2020.
- Your MA degree must be completed and the validation of the degree must be available by May 15, 2021, which means you may apply before having finished your MA degree.
- At the time of application, your last final exam must have taken place no longer than 6 years ago.
- You have an excellent MA degree (or national equivalents) in Sociology, Political Science, Psychology or related social science disciplines e.g. Law, Economics or Media Sciences.
- Your dissertation project in the field “Global Inequality, the Middle Classes and the Welfare State“” aligns with the research focus of one or several of our program PIs.
Successful applicants will be offered a full PhD scholarship, financed by the GloWel programme of the DAAD. The Scholarship Programme is providing the following benefits:
- a stipend of 1,200 EUR monthly, for a maximum of 48 months,
- additional travel allowance for stays abroad and research trips,
- complete medical insurance plus a combined liability and accident insurance,
- support with research expenses,
- if necessary and applicable, additional family allowances (eg. rent) and
- a German language course at Bremen.