Welcome to BIGSAS



The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) is now in the second phase funded by the German Research Foundation as part of the Excellence Initiative since 2007. In the focus of this unique structure of creative and innovative training are approximately 100 Junior Fellows from 27 African, American, Asian and European countries. The PhD students benefit from a clearly structured, academic and career-oriented training as well as a genuine expertise in the African studies which has increased continuously since the foundation of the University of Bayreuth. The international network with Partner Universities on the African continent creates even more so excellent conditions for the research of our Junior Fellows.



BIGSAS mourns the loss of our esteemed colleague and friend Prof. Dr. Monika Willert-Porada. She was one of the pioneers who established the academic domain "Culture and Technology in Africa" at BIGSAS and since supported the collaboration between the engineering sciences and humanities, cultural and social sciences at the University of Bayreuth. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all colleagues at BIGSAS.


TV feature

about BIGSAS, "Frankenschau" of 22 Januar 2017, Bayerischer Rundfunk (watch here).



of Carline Liliane Ngawa Mbaho, 27 January 2017, 2 pm, S 17, GSP (information).



of Stephan Bock, 30 January 2017, 10 am, S 22, GEO II (information).


Gender and Diversity Programme

dates (update: 20/01/17).


International Club

Find more information about activities here (update: 09/01/17).












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3-4 November 2016,
International Conference "Higher Education Partnership Trends and Policy Issues between African and European Higher Education Institutions"

(photos of this event)

Find more photos of events here