Scholarships and awards

External Award: BIGSSS Doctoral Fellowship

August 16, 2016

BIGSSS is an inter-university graduate school in the social sciences, located at the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. The graduate school hosts more than 110 international PhD fellows and more than 60 faculty members.

The school has 10 positions available for PhD applicants pursuing a dissertation project in one of BIGSSS’ three thematic fields:

  1. Global Governance and Regional Integration
  2. Welfare State, Inequality, and Quality of Life
  3. Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts

BIGSSS seeks international candidates with strong academic abilities and a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in political science, sociology, psychology, or related social science disciplines. The application deadline is November 7, 2017. Applications must be submitted in English.

Applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. All accepted researchers are asked to move to Bremen for the program as presence at the institution is required. 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 immediately prior to the date of their application. All nationalities are welcome to apply.

Successful applicants receive a 42-month work contract that includes a monthly income of €2250 (before deductions) and coverage for social and health insurance. Funds for additional research costs such as travel, conference participation, in‐house events, and outreach events are also available. 

Applications must be submitted online at

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