Welcome to BIGSAS

The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) is now part of the Cluster of Excellence "Africa Multiple" 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 29 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.













Applications for admission in 2020

We are happy to announce that BIGSAS is now the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies in the Cluster of Excellence "Africa Multiple". Due to current administrative changes and adjustment processes with respect to the new organisational structures, we will publish information regarding the open application process in autumn 2019.


New JF Representatives

BIGSAS welcomes Oladapo Ajayi and Mingqing Yuan as the new Junior Fellow Representatives for the winter semester 2019/20.


JF Newsletter 07/2019

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


Stellungnahme bzgl. LIT Verlag / Statement regarding LIT publishing house

BIGSAS Journalist Award 2019

29 October 2019 at the University of Bayreuth (website).

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.


Gender and Diversity Programme

dates (update: 10/12/18).


International Club

Find more information about activities here (update: 18/06/19).



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