Welcome to BIGSAS

The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) is now part of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence funded by the German Research Foundation in the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments. In the focus of this unique structure of creative and innovative training are approximately 80 Junior Fellows from 26 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.













The BIGSAS offices remain closed for public traffic. Please contact us via email if a personal meeting is necessary.


Call for Applications

BIGSAS is awarding two scholarships within the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) provided by the DAAD. For further information please click here. Please apply via our online form.


Info for all Junior Fellows in times of Corona (information).


JF Newsletter 11/2020

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


Newsletter of African Studies 2019

A new edition has been published is accessible online.

BIGSAS Seminar

"Epistemologies of the Global South: Contributions to Reconfiguration of African Studies", start: 16 November 2020 (programme). Only with prior registration via elearning. Click HERE to view the course.



of Asaf Cassule Noé Augusto, 30 November 2020 (information). Please note that due to the current situation the defence will take place in camera.


Online Workshop

"Presenting at International Conferences in the Humanities and Social Sciences", 7-8 Jan 2021 (information). Only with prior registration.


BIGSAS Colloquium

22 January 2021. Programme tba soon.


Docs & Deans Meeting

22 January 2021. Further information tba soon.


Online Workshop

"Writing Articles for International Publication in Peer-Reviewed Journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences", 10-12 Feb 2021 (information). Only with prior registration.

Dates of the SC and the EC

Find the dates of the next meetings of the Steering Committee and the Executive Committee here.


Latest issue of BIGSASworks!

Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers Vol. 23 (2019) "Gender and Social Encounters: Experiences from Africa". Edited by Shillah S. Memusi and Adeyemi Balogun.


International Club

Find more information about their activities here.


Statement regarding LIT publishing house.


The Cluster’s Stance on Racism and Black Lives Matter

The Academic Committee of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, in its capacity as the Cluster’s highest decision-making body, has released a statement to clarify its stance on racism and the Black Lives Matter movement.


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