Welcome to BIGSAS

The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) is now in the second phase funded by the German Research Foundation in the framework of the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments 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 doctoral 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.












for admission in 2019: the online application platform has been closed.


Stellungnahme bzgl. LIT Verlag / Statement regarding LIT publishing house


JF Newsletter 07/2018

Find the latest issue of the JF Representatives' Newsletter here.

Public Lecture

by Prof Dr Henry Tourneux: "La communication par pictogrammes avec les paysans du Nord-Cameroun", 23 October 2018, 2 pm, S 125, GW I (information).



of Barbara Degenhart, 26 October 2018, 02:30 pm, S 130, NW III (information).



"Consulting Skills for JFs", 25-26 October 2018, S 18, GSP (information).


Diversity Lecture

"Gender equity and equality of women as academics and managers post the restructuring and merger of higher education in democratic South Africa" by Enaleen Draai, PhD, 29 October 2018, S 121, GW I (information).


BIGSAS Alumni Conference

"The Future of African Studies Scholars in Africa and Abroad", 31 October - 02 November 2018, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (programme).


Cinema Africa

at Cineplex Bayreuth, 18-29 November 2018. Programme tba soon.


Studies programme

for the winter semester 2018/19 is online.


Latest issue of BIGSASworks!

Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers Vol. 18 (2018) "Living in African Cities: Urban Spaces, Lifestyles and Social Practices in Everyday Life".


Gender and Diversity Programme

dates (update: 16/10/18).


International Club

Find more information about activities here (update: 02/07/18).



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