Bamberg Gradudate School of Social Sciences PhD

Deadline: 2 June 2013
Open to: candidates with a Master’s degree in Sociology, Psychology, Educational Science, Political Science, Economics, Demography, Statistics, or related social science fields
Scholarship: Grade E 13 TV-L (50%) of the German Public Service Salary Scale; monthly stipend of 1,365 Euro, plus family allowances and child-care expenses


The Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences (BAGSS) invites applications for up to 5 doctoral positions/scholarships. These positions are available from October 1st 2013 for three years (subject to satisfactory progress reviews after 12 and 24 months).

BAGSS is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) as part of the German Excellence Initiative from November 2012 until October 2017. Research at the Graduate School will be conducted in four broad, interdisciplinary fields:

  1. education, personal development and learning from early childhood to adulthood
  2. education and social inequality across the life course
  3. human capital, labour markets and demographic structures and their impact on social inequality in modern societies
  4. governance, institutional change and political behaviour.

Successful applicants will be required to take up their residence in Bamberg, a city noted for its very high quality of life.

The Graduate School is committed to diversity, equal opportunity and the compatibility of family and career. It therefore explicitly encourages applications from women. As an international research institution, the School particularly welcomes applications from abroad. Applicants with disabilities possessing essentially equivalent qualifications will receive preferential consideration.

See the Frequently Asked Questions page HERE for more information.


They are inviting 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.


Remuneration for the doctoral positions is based on Grade E 13 TV-L (50%) of the German Public Service Salary Scale. There is a teaching obligation of two hours per week for one semester. Holders of the doctoral scholarships receive a monthly stipend of 1,365 Euro, plus family allowances and child-care expenses in accordance with DFG guidelines where applicable.


The deadline for the submission of your application is Sunday, June 2, 2013.

To submit your application, please fill in the online application form AVAILABLE HERE, upload your application file (SURNAME.pdf, size: max 30 MB) and then click on the button “submit”. Please make sure that your application file contains the following documents:

  1. a cover letter
  2. your CV
  3. a one-page abstract of your dissertation exposé
  4. a dissertation exposé
  5. a scan of all your academic degree certificate(s) and all your university grade transcripts.
  6. A concise statement on your knowledge of social science research methods.
  7. Only for applicants funded by an external institution: evidence that funding has been granted.

Please keep in mind that your application is only complete once they receive two letters of recommendation from your referees. It is your responsibility to make sure that references reach them before the deadline.

Shortlisted candidates receive invitations for interviews no later than July 10, 2013 (via e-mail).

For further information, please see the official website HERE.

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