Call for Applications 10 positions for Early-Stage Researchers BIGSSS in Bremen Germany

BIGSSS invites applications for its International 42 month PhD program starting September 2017 in Bremen Germany. Deadline for applications January 31, 2017     


The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences invites applications for 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. The contracts are time-limited 42 months


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:

  1. Global Governance and Regional Integration

  2. Welfare State, Inequality, and Quality of Life

  3. Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts


For the stay abroad, BIGSSS has established a network of prestigious international social science partner organizations (Duke University, Manipal University, Moscow Higher School of Economics, Institut d’études politiques de Paris/Sciences Po, Taras Shevchenko University, Universitá degli studi di Milano, University of Edinburgh, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Edna Pasher PhD & Associates).


More information on the Bremen faculty and research areas, the international network of BIGSSS-departs and application guidelines can be found at


Applications must be submitted online at

The call is open until January 31, 2017.

BIGSSS strives to increase the share of women in the university and hence also strongly encourages women to apply.

Disabled persons will be given preferential treatment in case of otherwise equal qualification.

For additional inquiries, please check the online FAQ and feel free to contact our admissions officer (