Application Requirements



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 PDF files which do not exceed 5 MB per category.

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Admission to BIGSAS does not comprise any kind of funding. You should therefore specify in your application how you will be funded during your doctorate (e.g. scholarship, position at a university on your own etc.).

Incomplete applications cannot be considered!

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 an explanation of the file on each page.)

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

  3. Soft copy of your written Master’s or equivalent thesis (we only accept PDF files)

  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)


  1. Confirmation of funding which states how you will be funded for the time-to-degree (three years)

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