Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) summer school

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About the BIGSSS summer school program

Each year, the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) organizes summer school programs with varying research focuses from one of BIGSSS' thematic fields. BIGSSS summer schools are co-funded by renowned partners such as the Volkswagen Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Mercator Foundation.

The aim of the BIGSSS summer school program is to support young social scientists by opening a cross-border dialogue on theoretical questions and methodological approaches to current matters of social science research. Our main target group are PhD and advanced Master students with a social science background who are motivated to discuss their own research projects in a multidisciplinary and international community of fellow graduate students and first rate international scholars in the close environment of a graduate school.

The next BIGSSS Summer School on "Intergroup conflict and its resolution - the case of Ukraine" will take place June 27-July 2, 2016 on the campus of Jacobs University Bremen.

This year's program is structured around two core elements:

  1. presentations by renowned lecturers (with discussion)
  2. presentations and discussion of participants‘ own projects.

The topics and some impressions of previous BIGSSS summer schools can be found in our Archive.

Here is what participants said about previous BIGSSS summer schools:

“Thank you very much for your hard work and bringing us together in such a high-quality event! This’ll be one of the highlights of my PhD track.”

“I got (and so did many others) excellent input from other fellows. Just meeting other young researchers was also an excellent experience – I have made great contacts, both in the networking sense and more socially/friendship wise. For me it was also very useful to expand my knowledge beyond my own little area of research by reading up/listening to/discussing others’ research and the lecturers’ research/topic. […] I do not regret for a second that I came – have had a very good, stimulating and inspiring time!”

“I really enjoyed these days, learned a lot and met some very nice people. It has been a great experience.”

“A big thank you for two very inspiring and joyful weeks in Bremen.”

“Thanks a lot to all of you for your fabulous work and great effort. It was thrilling to be here and to get into discussions with very skilled professors. It was nice to be in Bremen for the first time, it is beautiful over here!”

“The summer school was beyond all expectations! The organizers did the best job possible.”


Target Group of the BIGSSS Summer School 2016
The Summer School is targeted at PhD and advanced master students in political science, psychology, sociology, and history with research projects that focus on democratization and civil society, peace and conflict, or intergroup relations. The projects should focus on - but are not limited to - Ukraine, with a comparative perspective being a particular asset.
Due to the funding regulations of the DAAD, only members of academic institutions from the following countries are eligible to apply: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Poland, and Ukraine, regardless of their citizenship.


Recquired Documents
Altogether, the BIGSSS Summer School will host 20 participants who will be selected on the basis of the following assessment:

  • Participants are asked to apply with their own research project (M.A. thesis, Ph.D.-proposal or Ph.D.-thesis) which will be discussed in one of the sessions of the Summer School.
  • Applicants must hand in a proposal (5 to 10 double-spaced pages) of their research projects including (a) a summary, (b) the state of research highlighting relevant debates on the topic and deficits in the literature to be addressed, (c) the objectives, research design and methods, and (d) a bibliography.
  • Applicants must also provide a CV including information on their educational and work history, publications (if available), language competencies and extracurricular interests.
  • Additionally providing a recommendation letter by a person who is familiar with the applicant’s academic achievement and qualified to evaluate her/his track record is a major asset. The recommendation letter may be sent in by the applicant together with the rest of the application material.

Application Formalities
Application deadline is Friday, March 18, 2016. Feedback on applications will be sent out by the end of April. Once you are accepted as participant you will receive a log-in for the participants' area of this website for more detailed information. Please send your application electronically and as one composite pdf-file to:

Important: We will not consider late, incorrect and incomplete applications. Please read the above instructions carefully.

Terms and Conditions

  • There is no program fee.
  • Accepted participants of the BIGSSS Summer School 2016 receive full room and board on the campus of Jacobs University Bremen.
  • There will be a country-specific maximum support of accepted fellows concerning their travel expenses following the funding guidelines of the DAAD: Armenia 700€, Azerbaijan 675€, Belarus 350€, Georgia 575€, Moldova 300€, Poland 200€, and Ukraine 325€.
  • Please note: all fellows will have to advance their travel costs. They will be reimbursed only after the summer school has ended and after they have handed in all their original travel receipts (boarding passes etc.). The reimbursement of the costs might take up to several weeks!



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