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 24 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 Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence. 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.


Studies Programme 2019/20

Find the new courses here.


JF Newsletter 11/2019

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


of Rogers Hansine, 14 November 2019, 02:30 pm, S 25, GEO II (information).


Cinema Africa

21-24 November 2019, Cineplex Bayreuth (programme and flyer).

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 activities here (update: 18/06/19).


Statement regarding LIT publishing house.


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