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 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 Festival of African and African-Diasporic Literatures 2016

"ReMix. Africa in Translation", 2-4 June 2016, Iwalewahaus (programme).



BIGSAS members taking part in the 5 km or 10 km Mainauenlauf at  Bayreuth's Landesgartenschau 2016, 11 June 2016 (information).


Call for abstracts

Conference on "Higher Education Partnership Trends and Policy Issues between African and European Higher Education Institutions", 3-4 Nov 2016, University of Bayreuth (information).



"WHO" by Aderemi Adegbite, BIGSAS corridors, GSP (information and project outline).


Gender and Diversity Programme

dates (update: 24/05/16).










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4-6 November 2015,
International Conference "GENDER MATTERS: Visions from Africa for the Internationalisation of Higher Education"

(photos of this event)

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