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 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.











Job offer

BIGSAS is looking for a student assistant. Further information on application and dates.


JF Newsletter 01/2018

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


"Keeping Your Motivation Up Throughout the PhD Project" with Dr Anette Hammerschmidt, 20-21 February 2018, S 17 (information).



of Umar Ahmed, 28 February 2018, 10 am, S 17, GSP (information).

Latest issue of BIGSASworks!

Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers Vol. 17 (2017) "Perspectives on Translation Studies in Africa".


Gender and Diversity Programme

dates (update: 16/01/18).


International Club

Find more information about activities here (update: 04/01/18).



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