BIGSAS offers three general types of funding:
Preparatory Course Funding
Candidates who are not immediately admitted to the PhD Programme but are recommended for and placed into a Preparatory Course by the Academic Committee will receive EUR 800 per month for the period of their Preparatory Course. The average preparatory period is six months and may be extended up to twelve months at a max. The preparatory period does not count as part of the official time-to-degree of three years.
Candidates who have been directly admitted to the PhD Programme by the Academic Committee may apply for start-up funding at the Administration Office. The start-up funding is EUR 1,200 per month. It is awarded for a period of six months and may be extended up to twelve months at a max. During this time, PhD students are requested to apply for external funding to finance their further PhD studies. In this they will receive support from their individual supervisors and the BIGSAS Administration Team. A list of the largest and most relevant funding institutions can be found here: Funding Institutions.
PhD Programme Funding
BIGSAS offers a limited number of scholarships of EUR 1,200 per month for the period of three years.
Independently from these three general types of funding, BIGSAS also provides funding for:
Independently of their general funding institution, all Junior Fellows who have been admitted to the PhD Programme as well as the Postdocs may apply for field research funding at the BIGSAS Administration Office. According to the BIGSAS Programme Structure, Junior Fellows may undertake field research trips once or twice during their PhD studies. The duration of those field trips may vary according to the PhD students’ fields of research and individual projects. The time spent on field research counts as part of the official time-to-degree.
Participation in Conferences and Workshops
All Junior Fellows are expected to participate in national and international conferences related to their research interests and to present their own PhD projects at such conferences. Within the three-year PhD Programme, BIGSAS provides each PhD student with funding for participation in one short-term research-related conference or summer school/workshop, including travel and accommodation costs.
Publication of Dissertations
For Junior Fellows who have completed the doctoral programme, BIGSAS partly covers the costs for the publication of their thesis provided that their final grade is at least magna cum laude (very good / with high honours).