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Welcome to BIGSAS

The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) is part of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence funded by the German Research Foundation in the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments. In the focus of this unique structure of creative and innovative training are approximately 80 doctoral candidates, the Junior Fellows, from more than 25 African, American, Asian and European countries.

The Junior Fellows 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 the Junior Fellows.


Call for applications: BIGSAS scholarships

In 2022, BIGSAS is awarding two scholarships to outstanding female African scholars based on the continent. Read more here.

Dates of the SC and the EC

Find the dates of the next meetings of the Steering Committee and the Executive Committee here.

COVID-19: Information for Junior Fellows

Find out more about current development at BIGSAS and the University of Bayreuth (update: 16 June 2021). The BIGSAS offices remain closed for public traffic. Please contact us via email if a personal meeting is necessary.

The BIGSAS blog

Our blog "The BIGSAS world" is an opportunity to present research projects in an interactive way, to share own experiences during the doctorate, and to introduce our international "BIGSAS family". Read more here.

Latest issue of BIGSASworks!

Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers Vol. 27 (2021) "Fieldwork Experiences and Practices in Africa", edited by Nikitta Dede Adjirakor, Oladapo Opeyemi Ajayi, Hanza Diman, and Mingqing Yuan.

International Club

Find more information about their activities here.


Find out more about the football team of BIGSAS here.

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