PhD Scholarships in African Studies, Germany

Deadline: 15 May 2014
Open to: applicants with a very good Master’s Degree
Scholarship: 1200 EUR per month for duration of 3 years


The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), funded since 2007 by the German Research Foundation as part of the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments, will admit six additional PhD candidates beginning 1 October 2014. BIGSAS offers three scholarships for candidates whose dissertation projects fit into one of the Graduate School’s new subject areas:

  • Culture and Technology in Africa;
  • Media in Africa;
  • Development Economics in Africa.

The other three candidates, whose dissertation projects fit into one of BIGSAS’ current Research Areas, will be expected to have their own means of funding. For information on the Research Areas, please click HERE.


Applicants must have a very good Master’s Degree and good knowledge of English, since that is the working langugae of BIGSAS.


The selected candidates will be offered a limited number of scholarships of EUR 1,200 per month for the period of three years. BIGSAS doctoral students, irrespective of their source of funding, receive travel costs for field trips, conference and summer school attendance.


Admission to BIGSAS does not necessarily comprise any kind of funding. You should therefore specify in your application whether you are also applying for financial support or not.

The application should include the following documents:

  • Project proposal (including the aims of the dissertation, a  detailed work and time schedule for the project, 10 pages at a max. and an abstract of the proposal./Optional: Please include your name, page number and an explanation of the file on each page);
  • Letter of Motivation (1 page, explaining why you apply for BIGSAS);
  • Copy of your written Master’s or equivalent thesis;
  • Two letters of reference (Authors need to be from the applicant’s academic background  and mentioned with title and university/institute);
  • List of academic publications (if applicable);
  • Curriculum Vitae (showing your academic progress and qualification(s) in detail);
  • Secondary School Graduation Certificate / Higher Education Entrance Certificate;
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent degree including transcript of records (e.g. Licence ou Maîtrise, a certified copy is requested);
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent degree including transcript of records (e.g. DEA or DESS, a certified copy is requested).

To start the application process, click HERE. Before applying, read the FAQ.

Applications from the African continent will be pre-selected by the six Partner Universities after the initial
formal screening at the University of Bayreuth. The interview of pre-selected candidates from Africa will also
take place at these Partner Universities:

  • Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin;
  • Université Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat, Morocco;
  • Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya;
  • Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique;
  • Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.

The deadline to apply is 15 May 2014.

Read more HERE. Check the official call.

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