DAAD GSPSC International Scholarship for phD Students

The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) invites applications for
scholarships for international doctoral researchers in its new Graduate School Scholarship Program
“Global Dynamics of Social Policy and Social Cohesion” (GSPSC), by the German Academic
Exchange Service (DAAD).

BIGSSS is an international inter-university graduate school in the social sciences at the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen, Germany.
The program focuses on how social policy and social cohesion are related on a global,
regional or national level. Comparative or transnational perspectives that address interdependencies
between the Global South and North are especially welcome. Single-country case studies may
scrutinize the complex interlinkages between social policy and social cohesion.

The English-language doctoral program includes a structured curriculum and close guidance by
experienced researchers while at the same time fostering early academic independence and creativity
by providing support for conducting, presenting, and publishing the Ph.D. fellows’ self-chosen research

projects. The program is characterized by interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from
sociology, political science, psychology, and economics. While the research questions addressed in
dissertation projects are envisioned to broadly correspond to the Principal Investigators’ research
interests, the successful applicants shall formulate specific research topics.

Duration: 48 months


The Scholarship Programme is providing the following benefits:

  • a stipend of 1,200 EUR monthly, for a maximum of 48 months,
  • additional travel allowance for stays abroad and research trips,
  • complete medical insurance plus a combined liability and accident insurance,
  • support with research expenses,
  • if necessary and applicable, additional family allowances (eg. rent) and
  • a German language course at Bremen.


  • DAAD invites applications from exceptional international candidates with strong academic abilities and a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in sociology, political science, psychology, or economics.
  • Potential candidates with a degree in related disciplines are also welcome.
  • Applicants have to demonstrate a broad thematic fit between the dissertation proposal and the corresponding Principal Investigator’s outlined research interests.
  • They strive to increase the number of women in academia and strongly encourage applications from suitably qualified female candidates.
  • Disabled persons with the same professional and personal qualifications will be given preference.
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Application Process

Applicants for DAAD GSPSC International Scholarship are to submit the following materials in English:

  • Personal Information form
  • Curriculum Vitae (free text – PDF)
  • 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
  • University Grade Transcripts
  • Certification of English Proficiency
  • Two Recent Letters of Recommendation 

To apply, click here.

Deadline: January 23, 2023.

For more information, visit the official site.

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