Overview of Fellow Status Options at BIGSSS

BIGSSS PhD programs are sorted into three different categories (status) which mostly differ by the source of funding, curricular elements and PhD milestones.  

The Regular BIGSSS PhD is typically fully funded by BIGSSS or a partner institution. The eligibility depends on the respective program and the prospective call. Regular PhD fellows complete mandatory PhD milestones and are obliged to participate in BIGSSS doctoral courses. For more information about the regular BIGSSS PhD programs, please read more about the IZA-BIGSSS fellowship on Comparative Market Research and BIGSSS-departs PhD program.  

The Affiliated and Adjunct PhD status are open to doctoral students who already have a BIGSSS faculty member as their supervisor. They are not funded by BIGSSS but fellows’ respective home organizations or programs.

Affiliated PhD fellow has a reduced curriculum and benefits from BIGSSS supervisory structure which entails in-house faculty support.

Adjunct PhD status provides low threshold integration into BIGSSS with an easy application process and no mandatory curricular elements. Nevertheless, during their time at BIGSSS, Adjunct PhD fellows complete several mandatory PhD milestones. Doctoral researchers can apply for the BIGSSS Adjunct PhD Program from the beginning of their dissertation projects at Bremen. For those who have already started their dissertation projects and would like to become adjunct fellows, an application is also possible.