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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Why did I not receive a confirmation email after applying?

There is no confirmation email. You will be informed in the same browser after finalising the form if the application has been submitted successfully.

I have technical problems while using the online application form.

We recommend several solutions:

  • Supported web browsers include Internet Explorer 7 and above and Mozilla Firefox.
  • Do not use AOL's internal browser or Opera.
  • You must have Java Script activated and accept pop-up windows.
  • In case of problems, deactivate all web browser add-ons.

Can I reapply if my application has been rejected?

Yes, you may apply one more time.

Should I contact BIGSAS Members prior to my application?

Yes. You need to provide a supervision agreement.

Do I need a certified copy of my certificates?

Yes. Only certified copies of your certificates are accepted. You should upload a scan. After admission the original certificates must be provided in order to enrol at the University of Bayeuth.

By whom should the recommendation letters be written? Do they have to be translated? In which language?

You need two letters of reference by persons in charge for your academic education. The letters should be written in English, French or German and include name, title, university/institute, department and the signature of the author.

In which language can I apply?

You may apply in English, French or German. If your Master’s thesis (or equivalent) is written in any other language, please upload an English or French summary (5 to 10 pages) together with your thesis.

Is Cotutelle possible within BIGSAS?

Yes. If you intend to have a supervisor of your home or another university besides the University of Bayreuth, please contact the BIGSAS team. We will find out whether such an arrangement is possible.

When and for how long do I have to be present in Bayreuth during the doctoral programme?

BIGSAS has a structured doctoral programme with disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses as well as colloquia and other academic events. Our graduate school subsists on the participation and contributions of Senior Fellows and Junior Fellows. Therefore, we expect that all doctoral candidates are present in Bayreuth except for:

  • Semester breaks
  • Field research
  • Attendance of conference(s)

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