IZA-BIGSSS PhD Fellowships 2018, Germany


April 15, 2018

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IZA-BIGSSS PhD Fellowships

The IZA-BIGSSS-Fellowships on Comparative Labour Market Research is a research-related, integrated doctoral program funded by the renowned Institute of Labor Economics (Das Institut zur Zukunft der Arbeit). The program is fully operated by BIGSSS, granting all PhD fellows unrestricted access to the resources of the graduate school. BIGSSS is part of an international network of highly acknowledged graduate programs. It supports doctoral fellows in achieving early scientific independence and provides funds for the conduct, presentation, and publishing of their research. The language of instruction is English.

Program Terms and Conditions

The program commences on 1st September 2018. During the course of the program, IZA-BIGSSS fellows complete several mandatory PhD Milestones (curricular components). In addition to the regular curricular obligations at BIGSSS that will define the first three semesters of the program, the fellowship also provides for a practical, research-oriented part starting with the fourth semester. Fellows will then be working on their own dissertation projects at IZA, raising and analyzing data and getting valuable insights in the functioning of a large research institute.

Admitted fellows of the BIGSSS IZA Regular PhD will be offered a limited-time work contract (42 months, 65% TV-L 13), contingent on successful completion of all curricular requirements of the program. To support its PhD fellows, the fellowship also provides funds for conducting, presenting and publishing research. 

Eligibility and Application

Candidates with strong academic abilities and a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Political Science, Sociology, Economics, or Psychology with a project related to Comparative Labour Market Research are seeded. Applicants with a degree in related social science disciplines are also welcome. More information, as well as lists of required application materials, can be found at www.bigsss-bremen.de. 

Non-German students are strongly encouraged to apply. BIGSSS strives to increase the share of women in the university and hence also strongly encourages women to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are equally qualified will be favored. Applications must be submitted online through the BIGSSS admissions system.

Application Requirements

BIGSSS invites applications from candidates with

  • an excellent MA degree (or national equivalents like the German "Diplom" or "Magister") in a discipline pertinent to at least one of BIGSSS' three Thematic Fields, i.e. in Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, or related social science disciplines e.g. Law, Economics or Mass Communication. The degree must be completed by the end of July of the year of application, which means you may apply before having finished your MA degree.
  • English proficiency as described in the application materials section below.

General Application Guidelines

Please submit your application for a BIGSSS RegularPhD

Fellowship electronically via online admissions system.

Please note that the program commences every year on September 1st.The online admissions system will only accept documents in pdf-format. You can download a free version of PDFCreator. 

Application materials

  • Personal information form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Preliminary Dissertation Proposal
  • One page proposal abstract
  • Statement of purpose
  • Statement of skills and experience with methods of empirical social research
  • MA/BA/DIPLOM/MAGISTER certificates
  • Unversity grade transcripts
  • Certification of English proficiency
  • Two recent letters of recommendation
  • Graduate record examination (GRE) (optional)

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April 04, 2018
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