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2 Doctoral Scholarships in the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Program ''GSPSC'' at BIGSSS
University of Bremen / Constructor University Bremen

Date Posted Oct. 12, 2023
Title 2 Doctoral Scholarships in the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Program ''GSPSC'' at BIGSSS
University University of Bremen / Constructor University Bremen
Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Application Deadline Dec. 15, 2023
Position Start Date Sep. 1, 2024
  • Graduate Student
  • Social Sciences - General
    Economics - General
    Psychology - General

The program focuses on the question of how social policy and social cohesion are related on a global,  regional or national level. Comparative or transnational perspectives that address interdependencies  between the Global South and North are especially welcome. Single country case studies may  scrutinize the complex interlinkages between social policy and social cohesion.

Potential dissertation projects may address one or more of the following topics and/or questions: 

1. What are the specific forms or instances of social cohesion or social dis/integration that trigger  the establishment of social policy? When and how do divisions between social groups (classes,  ethnic groups, etc.) translate into political cleavages that involve a mobilization for social  policies aimed at strengthening social cohesion? 
2. Which forms of social policy increase or decrease social cohesion? Are there also disintegrative  effects of social policy? Are there specific forms of social policy that are especially contested  between groups? 
3. Are there functional equivalents to the welfare state fostering social integration? 
4. Can social orders be stable without institutions designed to ensure social cohesion?

The English-language doctoral program includes a structured curriculum and close guidance by  experienced researchers while at the same time fostering early academic independence and creativity  by providing support for conducting, presenting, and publishing the Ph.D. fellows' self-chosen research projects. The program is characterized by interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from  sociology, political science, psychology, and economics. While the research questions addressed in  dissertation projects are envisioned to broadly correspond to Principal Investigators' research  interests, the successful applicants shall formulate specific research topics. 


We invite applications from exceptional international candidates with strong academic abilities and a  Master's degree (or equivalent) in sociology, political science, psychology, or economics. Potential  candidates with a degree in related disciplines are also welcome. Applicants have to demonstrate a  broad thematic fit between the dissertation proposal and the corresponding Principal Investigator's  outlined research interests. 

All accepted researchers are asked to move to Bremen for the program's duration, as a presence at  the institution is required. 


Eligibility, application, and further information 

You are eligible if you are an international applicant proficient in English language (speaking & writing,  proof of C1-level English language skills or the equivalent). We particularly encourage applications from  the Global South. In addition, you must not have resided in Germany any time after February 1, 2023.

General information on the program and the PIs, a list of required application materials, and how to  apply can be found at: Applications must be submitted online until December 15, 2023 (11:59pm CET).

For additional inquiries, please check the program's website and feel free to contact our Admissions  Officer Noha Mahmoud at 

Find additional information about the GSSP program line founded by the German Academic Exchange  Service's here: DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Program (

The official start of the program is scheduled for September 1, 2024.

  • As equal opportunity employers, both universities follow an equal opportunities and diversity strategy. They strive to increase the number of women in academia and strongly encourage applications from suitably qualified female candidates. International applications are explicitly welcome. Disabled persons with the same professional and personal qualifications will be given preference.

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  • Admissions Officer
    Group at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences
    University of Bremen / Constructor University Bremen
    Bremen, Bremen


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