BAGSS invites applications from highly qualified graduates from the fields of Sociology, Psychology, Educational Science, Political Science, Economics, Demography, and Statistics. Qualified graduates of related subjects with a strong Social Science background are also encouraged to apply. Candidates must hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in one of the aforementioned subjects or be very close to completion. (The degree must be completed by the time of admission to BAGSS. The next admission date is October 1, 2016.)
Current application period:
Application period for the winter term 15/16 closed on 31 March 2015. A new application period for the winter term 16/17 will start in December 2015.
Applicants need to provide a research proposal for their doctoral dissertation project which fits thematically to at least one of the four academic pillars of BAGSS.
Applicants must have an excellent command of English. If English is not your native tongue, you need to supply proof of proficiency.
BAGSS is firmly committed to the goal of diversity and equal opportunities. It emphatically encourages applications by women. The University of Bamberg is a certified family-friendly university which offers comprehensive advice on reconciling family and work life.
Admission to BAGSS is a highly competitive process with appropriate consideration for diversity and equal opportunities. The two main criteria are the candidate's proven record of academic excellence on the one hand, and BAGSS' ability to ensure competent, research-led supervision on the other.
We are interested in projects that fit with at least one of our School's four Pillars. Proposals cutting across two (or more) Pillars are equally welcomed. We also take into account proposals that do not tally exactly with the Pillar profiles, but are very closely related. An overview which topics can be supervised by our faculty can be found here.
Application for the winter term 2015/2016 is no longer possible. A new application period for the winter term 16/17 will start in December 2015.
Applications may be submitted once a year for the winter term.
In order to be considered, your application needs to include the following documents:
Please note: The proposal is supposed to provide a preliminary sketch of your doctoral research only. It may be revised substantially during your first semester at BAGSS. At the same time, the proposal gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your potential for developing and carrying out an innovative project.
Please do not attach any documents other than those requested. All application materials must be submitted in English (except for certificates, transcripts, and letters of recommendation which may also be provided in German).
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide us with the original or certified copies of their CV, certificates/transcripts and, in case you are not a native speaker, documentation of English proficiency. English proficiency can be documented through
All documents, except for the letters of recommendation, need to be submitted as a single PDF (max. 30 MB) with the documents arranged in the following order: 1. cover letter, 2. CV, 3. one-page abstract, 4. research proposal, 5. academic degree certificates and university grade transcripts, 6. statement on knowledge of research methods, 7. (if applicable) evidence that external funding has been granted. A free software for creating PDFs and merging them into a single document is available here. Please use your surname to name your application file (SURNAME.pdf; make sure to avoid special characters).
Please submit the completed file here. In case of technical problems, please contact us.
Letters of recommendation: please ask your referees to send a scan of their signed letters directly to us (admissions.bagss(at)uni-bamberg.de). Referees should use an official/institutional address when submitting their letters. It is your responsibility to make sure that references reach us on time.
A new application period for the winter term 2016/2017 will start in December, 2015, and it will end on March 31, 2016.