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 Application for summer semester 2017

The online application platform will be open from 1 August until 1 October 2016. Please apply here (call for applications).



"Religious Engineering. Alternative Practices in the Context of Global Development?", 28-30 Sep 2016, S 8, GW II (information).


Studies Programme

Courses for the winter semester 2016/17 online

(Update: 28/09/16)


Partner University Conference

"Media Cities: Mapping Urban Geography and Audiovisual Configurations", 10-12 Oct 2016, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.



"Managing Your Thesis as a Project", Dr. Anette Hammerschmidt, 18-19 Oct 2016, S 17, GSP (information).



"Thinking through Concepts/Thinking through Data", 21-23 October 2016, University of Bayreuth (information).



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


Gender and Diversity Programme

dates (update: 29/08/16).












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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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