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The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies, BIGSAS, invites outstanding female African scholars based on the continent to join an international community of early career researchers working in the field of African Studies.

BIGSAS provides a centre for creative and innovative doctoral training based on the inter- and multi-disciplinary research environment of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth.

In 2022, BIGSAS is awarding two scholarships within the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). For these, BIGSAS will nominate candidates who have successfully passed the application procedure. The final selection on the scholarship will be made by the DAAD. The scholarship periods begin in October 2022 at the earliest (including a German language course starting in summer 2022, if applicable).

The scholarships are awarded for a total scholarship period of up to four years.


The University of Bayreuth is a hub of international and interdisciplinary research. African studies have been a priority at the University of Bayreuth since its foundation in 1975.

The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) brings together African and European academic networks and fosters partnership not only between the University of Bayreuth and its six Partner Universities in Africa, but also among universities in Africa. It provides training opportunities for doctoral candidates, the Junior Fellows, that are one of a kind in this field in Germany and are laid down in the Graduate School’s Doctoral Regulations:

  • multi- and interdisciplinary research with a multi-disciplinary mentorship of one supervisor and two mentors

  • clearly structured individual research, training and coaching

  • specialist academic training with a focus on interdisciplinary and employment-oriented transferable skills

  • individual career planning and a Gender and Diversity Programme

  • early integration into the international academic community

  • shorter time-to-degree with structural and financial encouragements

  • assistance in academic and organisational matters

BIGSAS offers a Dr phil. and Dr rer. nat. as well as a double degree, joint supervision and sandwich models. The professors - Members and the Associated Members - of BIGSAS work in multiple academic disciplines, among others Anthropology, Geography, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Media Studies, Sociology and Political Science.

BIGSAS builds on

  • long-term experience in research on Africa;

  • close cooperation with African colleagues;

  • in-depth experience in doctoral training since 1984;

  • lively academic exchange and international collaboration with partner universities of the Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies, AEGIS;

  • a library with more than 186,000 books on Africa, 33,000 titles of audiovisual material, 200 periodicals, 5,000 maps and a growing number of e-books and e-book collections;

  • an open-minded environment that fosters intercultural understanding between individuals and internationalisation between institutions.


Applicants must have a very good Master’s or equivalent degree. The last Master’s or equivalent degree must have been obtained within the last six years at the time of nomination by BIGSAS.

The application must be accompanied by two reports (letters of recommendation) from teaching faculty members at the home universities. Please use the DAAD template or make sure that the reports cover the points listed in the DAAD template (

Applicants should not have been resident in Germany for more than fifteen months at the time of nomination. While applications may be submitted in German, English or French, do please note that the working language of BIGSAS is English.

The application deadline is 30 January 2022.

For more information on your application, please refer to: and

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