BIGSSS-departs, the doctoral education in partnerships, PhD Program

The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) invites applications to its PhD program BIGSSS-departs (doctoral education in partnerships). It is part of the COFUND scheme funded by the European Commission under the Framework for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020. BIGSSS is an international Social Science inter-university graduate school, located at the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen, Germany.

Organization/Company: For many years now, the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) has been one of Germany’s leading schools of doctoral training in the social sciences. Having started with just a handful of candidates in 2002, the school today hosts more than 110 fellows from all parts of the world. The PhD program, in a nutshell, provides close supervision of dissertation work accompanied by demand-tailored education. Working at BIGSSS means to be embedded in a vibrant research landscape: the supporting institutions located at the public University of Bremen and the private Jacobs University Bremen provide them with the means to support fellows financially, logistically, and professionally. Moreover, BIGSSS is part of an impressive international network of strong graduate programs.

Duty Station: Bremen, Germany

Open To: University students

Timeframe: 42 months

Deadline: September 15, 2016

Description: BIGSSS-departs provides close supervision of dissertation work in a demand-tailored education and research environment. It supports doctoral fellows in achieving early scientific independence, and provides funds for conducting, presenting, and publishing their research. The language of instruction is English. Successful applicants will pursue a topic in one of BIGSSS’ research areas that are organized in three thematic fields:

-Global Governance and Regional Integration

-Welfare State, Inequality, and Quality of Life

-Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts

BIGSSS-departs Early Stage Researchers dedicate themselves to:

-conducting a specific dissertation project,

-following a 42-month structured curriculum, including a six-month stay abroad at an external academic partner institution or with an external non-academic partner.

Qualifications: For the program starting in February 2017, BIGSSS seeks candidates with strong academic abilities and a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in political science, sociology, or psychology. Potential candidates with a degree in related social science disciplines are also welcome. 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. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. All nationalities are welcome to apply.

Wage/Fees: The employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act, §2 (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG), with a pay rate according to the regulations of the  BIGSSS-departs (doctoral education in partnerships) PhD Program Call for Applications COFUND program. The salary includes social insurance and health insurance with a monthly income of €2250 (before deductions). Funds for additional research costs such as travel, conference participation, inhouse events, and outreach events will be available

How to apply: Applicants have to include a "Statement of Fit" between their dissertation proposal and faculty members they have identified as potential supervisors. Applicants are requested not to contact faculty members directly but to consult the BIGSSS-departs admissions website for a list of recent research areas and supervisors, as well as detailed guidelines for research proposals. For additional inquiries, please check the online FAQ and feel free to contact the admissions officer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Useful links:

Call for 10 positions for early-stage researchers

BIGSSS-departs PhD Program

Contact information:

UNICOM-Building, Haus 9

Mary-Somerville-Str. 9

28359 Bremen, Germany



Edited by Eleonora Mantovani

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