Scholarships to Conduct Dissertation Research at BAGSS

The Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences (BAGSS) invites applications for up to 6 starter scholarships for doctoral candidates.
Old city hall in Bamberg (from Wikipedia).

The scholarships are available from April 1st, 2016, for one year. We welcome applications from graduates aiming to write their doctoral thesis at BAGSS. A scholarship will enable you to develop an excellent research proposal and submit it to appropriate funding bodies (e.g. DAAD or German sponsorship organisations). BAGSS supports scholarship holders through personal mentoring, workshops and support services.

BAGSS is a multidisciplinary Graduate School funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) as part of the German Excellence Initiative. We are seeking to stimulate and guide cutting-edge doctoral research on some of the most crucial challenges modern knowledge-based societies are facing. Specialised research agendas have been grouped into four thematic pillars:

  • Pillar 1 – Education, personal development and learning from early childhood to adulthood
  • Pillar 2 – Education and social inequality across the entire life course
  • Pillar 3 – Changes in human capital, labour markets and demographic structures and their impact on social inequality in modern societies
  • Pillar 4 – Governance, institutional change and political behaviour A detailed list of topics that will be supervised by professors in our four pillars can be found here:

Qualification and requirements: We are inviting applications from highly qualified graduates from the fields of Sociology, Psychology, Educational Science, Political Science, Labour and Educational Economics, Demography and Statistics. Candidates must hold a Master‘s degree (or equivalent) in one of the aforementioned subjects or be very close to completion. Successful applicants will be required to take up their residence in Bamberg, a city noted for its very high quality of life as well as great conditions for research and study.

Holders of the doctoral scholarships receive a monthly stipend of 1.468 Euro, plus family allowances and child-care expenses in accordance with the DFG guidelines where applicable.

The Graduate School is committed to diversity, equal opportunities and the compatibility of family and career. It therefore explicitly encourages applications from women. As an international research institution, the School particularly welcomes applications from abroad. Applicants with disabilities possessing essentially equivalent qualifications will receive preferential consideration.

For further information about BAGSS, the application process and the required documents, please visit our website at

The deadline for applications is Saturday, October 31, 2015.


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