If you want to see the list of our Alumni, please click here.

Since BIGSAS was founded in 2007, 103 PhD students from more than 27 countries have already successfully finished their doctoral studies.




Alumni network on Facebook

facebookThe BIGSAS Alumni have an own (secret and closed) group on Facebook where information are disseminated, ideas and thoughts are shared, photos can be uploaded, events can be created and much more. Currently, more than 60 Alumni are members of this group and we are waiting for others to join.

If you are a BIGSAS Alumni, registered on Facebook and you are not part of this group yet, please check your Facebook messages – most probably, you will find your invitation to the group there. If not, please send a short e-mail to

We do not want to “force” anybody to register on Facebook and important information will still be circulated by e-mail as usual.



Activities in the past

In April 2015, Alumni acted as jury members for the BIGSAS Journalist Award for the third time after 2011 and 2013. Under the chair of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Helmut Ruppert 13 Alumni living all over the world with an excellent knowledge of German chose the two best articles out of 70 submissions. Two of them held the laudatory speeches for the award winners.

Within the framework of this event BIGSAS organised a round table entitled “Bildung über Afrika in Deutschland” (Education on Africa in Germany) with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Rita Süssmuth, the former President of the German Parliament, who held the keynote address at the BIGSAS Journalist Award. Besides Junior Fellows and Senior Fellows, Alumni briefly introduced themselves, their PhD projects and their careers. Furthermore, BIGSAS had the honour to welcome Dr. Gerd Müller, the German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development. After a welcome note by Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible, the President of the University of Bayreuth, and an introductory speech by Prof. Dr. Dieter Neubert, the Director of the Institute of African Studies (IAS), Dr. Müller spoke about the current cooperation between the German government and Africa and perspectives for future projects.




Alumni meeting 2014

An Alumni excursion took place in May 2014. A group of almost 40 Alumni went to Bonn following the invitations of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

At the DFG, they presented their work and research within BIGSAS and the benefits they derive from the Excellence Initiative.

At the DAAD and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, they received information about funding possibilities for further research projects..


Please find a current list of the published dissertations here: publications_of_dissertations.pdf (Update: 29/06/17)