Doctoral Stipends in a Graduate School Scholarship Program at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences

The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) invites applications for 2 stipends for international doctoral researchers in its new Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP), “Global Inequality, the Middle Classes, and the Welfare State” (GloWel), funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). BIGSSS is an international inter-university graduate school in the social sciences, located at the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. Successful applicants will receive a Ph.D. stipend from the DAAD of 1.200 €/month (plus additional benefits) for 48 months.

GloWel will focus on the interrelation between the development of global inequalities, global social policies, and the role of the emerging middle classes for social and political integration. We are particularly interested in comparative perspectives on the Global South and North. The English- language doctoral program will include a structured curriculum and close guidance by experienced researchers while at the same time fostering early academic independence and creativity by providing support for conducting, presenting, and publishing the Ph.D. fellows’ self-chosen research projects. The program is characterized by interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from sociology, political science, psychology, and economics. While the research questions addressed in dissertation projects are envisioned to broadly correspond to Principal Investigators’ research interests, the successful applicants shall formulate specific research topics. A list of the Principal Investigators and their research interests can be found here ( program/glowel-phd-program-gssp/faculty-and-research)

We invite applications from exceptional international candidates with strong academic abilities and a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in sociology, political science, psychology, or economics. Potential candidates with a degree in related disciplines are also welcome. All accepted researchers are asked to move to Bremen for the program’s duration, as a presence at the institution is required. Applicants have to demonstrate a broad thematic fit between the dissertation proposal and the corresponding Principal Investigator’s outlined research interests. More information on the Graduate School Scholarship program members, BIGSSS, University of Bremen, and Jacobs University, can be found

Eligibility, Application, and further information
You can apply if you are an international applicant proficient in English language (speaking & writing). We particularly encourage applications from the Global South. In addition, you must not have resided in Germany any time after February 15, 2020. More information about GloWel, the list of required application materials, and how to apply can be found at Additional information about the GSSP program line founded by the German Academic Exchange Service’s can be found here ( database/?detail=57034100).

Applications must be submitted online until March 1, 2021. For additional inquiries, please check the program’s website and feel free to contact our Admissions Officer at

The program will start on September 1, 2021. As equal opportunity employers, both universities follow an equal opportunity and diversity strategy. They strive to increase the number of women in academia and strongly encourage applications from suitably qualified female candidates. Disabled persons with the same professional and personal qualifications will be given preference.