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Junior Fellow Platform

This platform provides useful information, forms and templates for our Junior Fellows.

Forms & Information

New Junior FellowsHide

Our Welcome Brochure answers questions like: What do I need to do before coming to Bayreuth? What do I need to do after my arrival? How do I get started in BIGSAS? And what should I know as a Junior Fellow?

Download our Welcome Brochure here.

IRTPHide

You may download the template of the Individual Research and Training Plan (IRTP) here.

Travel Application FormsHide

Checklists

Forms

  • Form 1a) Travel cost budget (conferences etc.) (xlsx)
  • Form 1b) Travel cost budget (field research travel) (xlsx)
  • Form 2) Antrag auf Dienstreisegenehmigung (pdf)
  • Form 3) Advance payment (pdf)
  • Form 4a) Accounting transportation and daily allowance (xlsx)
  • Form 4b) Accounting material resources (xlsx)
  • Form 5) Reisekostenabrechnung (pdf)

Fill-in helps

Other

Travel applications have to be submitted at least 6 weeks before the date of departure.

The application documents should also include:

  • a cover letter
  • a detailed time schedule
  • a support letter by the supervisor
  • three refundable flight offers from online sources
  • if applicable, confimation of fees etc.

At the moment, a declaration of urgency, written by the supervsior in German language, has to be submitted alongside the application documents. The declaration should contain an explanation regarding the indispensability of the field work trip in the scheduled period of time and that the trip cannot be replaced by other measures, such as digital/electronic tools or meetings.

The administration team regularly offers an Administration Workshop. All Junior Fellows are strongly encouraged to participate in this workshop as it aims at clarifying all the questions concerning the travel application forms.

Funding InformationHide
  • BIGSAS does not offer any kind of scholarships. However, we offer types of short-term funding for our Junior Fellows under certain conditions. Find out more about the BIGSAS funding scheme here.
  • Are you looking for suitable funding for your research project? Please look at the list of funding programmes kindly provided by the "Stabsabteilung Forschungsförderung" (Office of Research Support) at the University of Bayreuth.
  • BIGSAS has also compiled a list of German scholarship providers.
CodexHide

The BIGSAS Codex of Doctoral Studies and Mentorship provides a concise statement of the academic rights and responsibilities of BIGSAS doctoral candidates – the Junior Fellows –and their individual mentoring groups. For each admitted doctoral candidate the mentoring group consists of one assigned supervisor and two mentors. The Codex lays particular emphasis on the Junior Fellow-mentoring group relationship and aims to ensure excellent training, mentoring and supervision within BIGSAS.

Organising EventsHide
SubmissionHide

Before submitting your dissertation we kindly ask you to read the following information:

  • Order of the doctoral examination procedure step-by-step (acc. to the Doctoral Regulations issued 15 September 2017) or
  • Order of the doctoral examination procedure step-by-step (acc. to the Doctoral Regulations issued 15 February 2021)
  • Suggestions for formatting your dissertation

We kindly ask you to make an appointment for submitting your thesis at the BIGSAS administration office. Our team will go through the documents with you and at the same time inform you if a document is missing. You should allow around 30 minutes for the submission.

Last Steps at BIGSASHide

Please remember the following tasks before leaving:

  • Fill in the checklist and send it to bigsas@uni-bayreuth.de
  • Return your transponder to BIGSAS
  • Clean out your workstation and leave the keys to the desk
  • Check your personal mail box in the printing station (GSP) and take all contents with you

Publication of your dissertation

  • Please be aware that you are obliged to publish your dissertation within one year after the defence. The prolongation of the period of time to submit the deposit copies of your dissertation is only possible on application to the chair of the examination committee (see BIGSAS Doctoral Regulations).
  • We also provide a style sheet for the publication of your dissertation.
  • For first and general information about the publication of your thesis we provide information here.
  • For further questions please contact the BIGSAS team. Beforehand, please have a look at the BIGSAS Doctoral Regulations in order to receive explicit information on the publication requirements.
  • Only after publication of the dissertation you will receive your doctoral certificate and gain the right to use the doctoral title.

BIGSASworks!

About BIGSASworks!Hide

The publication of the (online) journal BIGSASworks! appears in the series 'Working Papers' of the Institute of African Studies (IAS). Each volume contains miscellaneous thematic areas and this output of common or overlapping interests of the Junior Fellows offers a publication platform. Moreover, the different coordinators of the project are able to gain experience in editing as the responsible persons change for each of the issues. The final issue is provided on the document and publication server of the University of Bayreuth (EPub). One print-out of a new issue shall be submitted to BIGSAS.

ContactHide

In order to initiate a BIGSASworks! publication, please contact the editor in chief of the IAS working paper series: Sabrina Maurus (sabrina.maurus@uni-bayreuth.de). Via this contact, templates and style sheets will be provided. By maintaining a close collaboration with the IAS, a consistent design is guaranteed.

Published BIGSASworks! IssuesHide
  • 2019 "Gender and Social Encounters: Experiences from Africa" (DOI)
  • 2018 "Living in African Cities: Urban Spaces, Lifestyles and Social Practices in Everyday Life" (URI)
  • 2017 "Perspectives on Translation Studies in Africa" (URI)
  • 2016 "Religion and Space: Perspectives from African Experiences" (URI)
  • 2015 "Actors, Institutions and Changes: Perspectives on Africa" (URI)
  • 2013 "Challenging Notions of Development and Change from Everyday Life in Africa" (URI)
  • 2013 "The making of Meaning in Africa: Word, Image and Sound" (URI)
  • 2012 "Trends, Discourses and Representations in Religions in Africa" (URI)
  • 2011 "Women's Life Worlds 'In-Between'" (URI)
Upcoming IssuesHide
  • Fieldwork Experiences and Practices in Africa
  • Media in Africa

Junior Fellow Representatives

Your RepresentativesHide
  • Diana Kisakye (especially for Junior Fellows in Cluster projects)
  • Dikko Muhammad
  • Andreas Wüst

Contact the Junior Fellow Representatives via bigsas-reps@uni-bayreuth.de.

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