2014/2015 The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) Ph.D. Program - Germany

Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) yearly established Ph.D. Fellowship Competition for any PhD students in the field of Global Governance and Regional Integration, Welfare State, Inequality and Quality of Life and Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts. The fellowship will include stipends of 1300 Euros/month for 36 months. Please submit your application before:  February 15th, 2014.

Program Description
The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) invites applications to its Ph.D. program. The program will commence on September 1st, 2014. Successful applicants for the Ph.D. and Post-doc fellowships will pursue a topic in one of BIGSSS' five Thematic Fields. All fellows are expected to choose Bremen as their place of residence.

Award Amount
BIGSSS offers 15 Ph.D. stipends of 1250 Euros/month for 36 months, contingent on successful completion of each year. To support its Ph.D. fellows in achieving early scientific independence, it also provides funds for conducting, presenting and publishing research. There is no separate funding application, because all admitted applicants receive a stipend.


Eligibility and Criteria
  • An excellent MA degree (or national equivalents like the German "Diplom" or "Magister") in a discipline pertinent to at least one of BIGSSS' five Thematic fields (see above), i.e. in Political Science (including related degree programs in European Studies or International Relations), Sociology, Psychology, Law, Economics or Mass Communication. The degree must be completed by the end of July 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.
  • Additionally BIGSSS offers 2 Preparatory Fellowships to particularly talented BA Graduates. Please refer to Preparatory Fellowshipss to find out more about the program.
Applicants' Citizenship
International students are eligible to apply

Level and Area of Studies
PhD program in   Global Governance and Regional Integration, Welfare State, Inequality and Quality of Life and Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts.
Diversity and anti discrimination
BIGSSS believes that diverse backgrounds and ideas are crucial to academic excellence. Therefore, BIGSSS welcomes and promotes diversity and ensures equal opportunity and inclusion for all of its members regardless of ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age or (dis-)ability. More information and contact details of our Equal Opportunities Officers can be found here.

Application Procedure
The detail information of the application form and supporting documents can be seen at official site below. Please visit it for further information.

Submission Deadline
The application period for the Fall 2014 semester will begin on November 15th, 2013 and go until February 15th, 2014. The deadline refers to the date of receipt of the application. All letters of recommendation must also reach BIGSSS by February 15th, 2014.  

Contact Details
Email inquiries about the application process should be sent to admissions-officer@bigsss-bremen.de. Or you may call the admissions officer, Agata Kraj, at 0049 (0) 421 200 3956

Other Information
BIGSSS believes that diverse backgrounds and ideas are crucial to academic excellence. Therefore, BIGSSS welcomes and promotes diversity and ensures equal opportunity and inclusion for all of its members regardless of ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age or (dis-)ability. More information and contact details of our Equal Opportunities Officers can be found here. 

Website and Application Link
http://www.bigsss-bremen.de/