Application Requirements


Open call for applications

Applications can only be taken into consideration if the following documents are provided (in English, French or German) and meet the requested specifications. We do accept one PDF file per category which does not exceed 5 MB.

The online application form is now accessible: 




The application deadline is

09 February 2020, 12:00 am.

Admission to BIGSAS does not comprise any kind of funding. However, BIGSAS has been awarded two scholarships within the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for which BIGSAS will nominate candidates who have successfully passed the application procedure. Please see Call for Applications if you are eligible to apply.

Academic presentation

  1. Project proposal
    (including the aims of the dissertation, a detailed work and time schedule for the project, ten pages at a max. and an abstract of the proposal. Please include your name, page number and and title of the proposal on each page.)

  2. Letter of Motivation
    (one page, explaining why you apply for BIGSAS)

  3. Soft copy of your written and graded Master’s or equivalent thesis

  4. Two letters of reference
    (Authors need to be from the applicant's academic background and mentioned with title and university/institute. Letters have to be signed personally by the authors.)

  5. List of academic publications (if applicable)

Formal requirements

  1. Curriculum Vitae
    (showing your academic progress and qualification(s) in detail)

  2. Secondary School Graduation Certificate / Higher Education Entrance Certificate

  3. Bachelor's Degree or equivalent degree including transcript of records
    (e.g. Licence ou Maîtrise, a certified copy is requested)

  4. Master's Degree or equivalent degree including transcript of records
    (e.g. DEA or DESS, a certified copy is requested)

Funding and supervision

  1. For DAAD GSSP applicants: Please provide a letter confirming supervision of one of the BIGSAS Members (Principal Investigators or Further members).

    For doctoral candidates in Cluster projects: Please provide a short statement of the project manager that you are part of a Cluster project. Please include also the title of the project.

    For applicants funded otherwise: Please provide a funding confirmation for the time-to-degree of at least three years as well as a letter confirming supervision.

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