BIGSSS-departs: Ph.D. Overview
The BIGSSS-departs Ph.D. Program:
BIGSSS-departs offers a Ph.D. program which commences in Fall 2016. Successful applicants for this Ph.D. fellowships will pursue a topic in one of BIGSSS' three Thematic Fields:
Field A: Global Governance and Regional Integration
Field B: Welfare State, Inequality and Quality of Life
Field C: Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts
As applicant you are asked to apply with your own research project broadly related to one of the three thematic fields. You must indicate one or two supervisors for your proposal. If you do not name one or two potential supervisors, your application will not be considered. Please be sure to check the BIGSSS homepage and the ones of our faculty for their research interests. By having a close fit to the research interests of BIGSSS faculty, we can assure the best possible supervision. Please note that you should not contact the potential referees directly. Instead, it is sufficient that you indicate their names in your Statement of Purpose. For more information, please refer to "Application Materials".
All fellows are expected to choose Bremen as their place of residence.
Through a secure employment contract, in BIGSSS‐departs the gross salary amounts to 2250 € per month, costs for social insurance and health insurance will be deduced. The BIGSSS-departs program consists of a structured curriculum and several defined milestones (Proposal Defense, Progress Assessment Colloquia, Dissertation Completion Meeting). The continuation of the work contract is bound to the fulfillment of these milestones. Financing of additional research costs such as travel cost, conference participation, in‐house events, and outreach events will be provided.
- 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 (see above), i.e. inPolitical 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.
- EU Mobility Rule: All accepted researchers must move to Bremen for the BIGSSS-departs program. Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for more than 12 months during the 3 years immediately prior to the date of their application to BIGSSS-departs. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. All nationalities are welcome to apply.
- Early-Stage Researchers requirement: All applicants shall, at the start of the BIGSSS-departs program (Fall 2016), be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.
Diversity and Anti-Discrimination:
As an institution, BIGSSS believes that diverse backgrounds and ideas are crucial to academic excellence and therefore welcomes and promotes diversity and ensures equal opportunity and inclusion for all of its members regardless of ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio‐economic status, age or (dis‐)ability. More information and contact details of our Equal Opportunities Officers can be found here.
The application period for BIGSSS-departs, starting in the Fall 2016semester, will begin on March 4th, 2016. The deadline is May 15th, 2016 and refers to the date of receipt of the application.
Email inquiries about the application process should be sent firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you may call the admissions officer, Hannah Hammerschmidt, at 0049 (0) 421 200 3956.
If you have questions regarding the admissions process, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions after carefully reading the website.
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