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Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies - BIGSAS

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BIGSAS offers a well organised structure, wide expertise to successfully pursue and complete a doctorate in the field of African studies. You may apply to BIGSAS if you hold a Master’s or equivalent degree with a very good result and if you plan a project on Africa that relates to one of the academic disciplines covered by our Members. The working language is English. German or French language skills are welcome but not a precondition for admission.

The selection procedure is a competitive process which is organised in four major steps:
1.    Formal check of the applications
2.    Evaluation of proposed projects by an expert reviewer
3.    Personal interview with the applicant
4.    Final decision of the Steering Committee (SC)

Applications are not bound to a deadline. The SC decides on the admission of new doctoral candidates on four dates per year.

Please note that admission to BIGSAS does not comprise any kind of basic funding.

Online application form

The online application form is accessible here.

Application requirements

Applications can only be taken into consideration if the formal requirements are met. Find out more here.


If you have further questions please read our FAQ.

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