The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies, BIGSAS, invites outstanding female African scholars based on the continent to join an international community of early career researchers working in the field of African Studies. BIGSAS provides a centre for creative and innovative doctoral training based on the inter- and multi-disciplinary research environment of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth.

In 2022, BIGSAS is awarding two scholarships within the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). For these, BIGSAS will nominate candidates who have successfully passed the application procedure. The final selection on the scholarship will be made by the DAAD. The scholarship periods begin in October 2022 at the earliest (including a German language course starting in summer 2022, if applicable). The scholarships are awarded for a total scholarship period of up to four years.

Study level:
Fields of study:
Applicable to the following disciplines:

  • Language and Cultural Studies
  • Law, Economics and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics/Natural Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Medicine/Agriculture, Forestry and Nutritional Science
  • Engineering
  • Art, Music, Sport

Host Nationality:

Scholarship Benefits:

  • Monthly payments of 1,200 euros
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover
  • Travel lump sum (depending on country of origin)
  • Annual research allowance of 460 euros

Under certain circumstances, grant holders may receive the following additional benefits:

  • Monthly rent subsidy
  • Monthly allowance for accompanying members of family (about 200 euros child allowance per child; about 275 euros marriage allowance)
  • Additionally, the host graduate school can receive an annual material resource and supervision allowance (1000 euros).

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must have a very good Master’s or equivalent degree. The last Master’s or equivalent degree must have been obtained within the last six years at the time of nomination by BIGSAS. The application must be accompanied by two reports (letters of recommendation) from teaching faculty members at the home universities. Please use the DAAD template or make sure that the reports cover the points listed in the DAAD template (see template here)
  • Applicants should not have been resident in Germany for more than fifteen months at the time of nomination. While applications may be submitted in German, English or French, do please note that the working language of BIGSAS is English.

Application requirements:
Applications can only be taken into consideration if the following documents are provided (in English, French or German) and meet the requested specifications. We do accept one PDF file per category not exceeding 2 MB.

  • Project proposal, including the aims of the dissertation, a detailed work and time schedule for the project, ten pages at a max. Please include your name, page number and title of the proposal on each page. The proposal should also include a one-page summary of the proposal in English.
  • Motivation letter, one page, explaining why you apply for BIGSAS.
  • Soft copy of your written and graded Master’s or equivalent thesis.
  • Two recommendation letters, authors need to be from the applicant’s academic background and mentioned with title and university/institute. Letters have to be signed personally by the authors.
  • Curriculum Vitae, showing your academic progress and qualification(s) in detail.
  • Supervision agreement with a Member of BIGSAS detailing the framework conditions of the doctoral relationship (download the form in English or German language here). Please make sure that all necessary boxes are filled in. Otherwise, the agreement is considered incomplete.
  • Self-declaration that you have not been accepted for a doctorate at another university or are enrolled at another university or university of applied sciences.
  • Secondary School Graduation Certificate / Higher Education Entrance Certificate
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent degree including complete pages of the transcript of records (e.g. Licence ou Maîtrise, a certified copy is requested).
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent degree including complete pages of the transcript of records (e.g. DEA or DESS, a certified copy is requested).
  • List of academic publications (if available).

Application procedure:
Applicants who wish to apply are expected to fill an Application form online, please be careful while filling this form.

Selection Process:
The selection procedure is a competitive process which is organised in four major steps:
1.    Formal check of the applications
2.    Evaluation of proposed projects by an expert reviewer
3.    Personal interview with the applicant
4.    Final decision of the Steering Committee (SC)

For further questions please read the FAQs

Application Deadline:
January 30, 2022


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