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 one PDF file per category which do not exceed 5 MB.

The online application platform is closed.


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.). 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 if you are eligible to receive a scholarship from the DAAD.

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. The application form provides a box for stating the type of funding you will receive during the doctoral studies. Please fill in how you will be funded for the time-to-degree of three years (see also FAQ). Applicants without funding can express their interest in a scholarship within the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) by the DAAD.

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