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 2 MB.

From now on, applications are no longer bound to a deadline. Applications will be considered if they are formally complete. Admissions are made by the Steering Committee (SC) on four dates per year.

However, the deadline for applications for the two scholarships within the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) of the DAAD is 24 January 2021. Please have a look at the Call for Applications if you are eligible for nomination.

The online application form is accessible: 




Please note: Admission to BIGSAS does not comprise any kind of basic funding.

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.) Please provide a one-page summary of the proposal in English if the proposal is written in French or German.

  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.) DAAD GSSP applicants are advised to use the template privided by the DAAD (PDF download or WORD download).

  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. Please provide a written supervisory agreement (Betreuungsvereinbarung) with a Member of BIGSAS (List of Members) detailing the framework conditions of the doctoral relationship (e.g. confirmation of the supervisor, topic of the dissertation, type of basic funding for the time to degree, etc.). An overview of the academic disciplines of BIGSAS can be found here.

    If applicable: Please provide a statement that you have not yet been admitted to a doctorate at another higher education institution or a faculty of the University of Bayreuth with the same specialization of doctoral work.

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