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Funded by the
Excellence Initiative
Cooperation with
Leading Institutions
Some of our local partners
will give you access to a
wealth of cutting-edge data
on education, labour markets,
and demographic change in Germany and guidance on
the use of such data. Internationally, we work with a
number of outstanding institutions. These links will give
you access to networks, opportunities for research stays
and access to further expertise.
BAGSS partners include (selection):
The German National Educational
Panel Study (NEPS), Bamberg
Germanys national Institute for
Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg
University of Essex, Department
of Government, Essex, UK
European University Institute,
Department of Law, Florence, Italy
Harvard University, Department of
Sociology, Cambridge, USA
Social Science Research Center
Berlin (WZB), Germany
We also work closely with the University of Bambergs
Trimberg Research Academy a university-wide doctoral
network which oers workshops and courses for all
doctoral students in Bamberg.
Application &
Admission
BAGSS invites applications from exceptionally qualied
graduates in Sociology, Psychology, Empirical Educational
Studies, Political Science, Economics, Demography, and
Statistics, or closely related elds. Candidates must hold a
masters degree (or equivalent) in one of the aforementioned
subjects or be very close to completion. They will need a
demonstrable interest in empirical research.
BAGSS is rmly committed to
the goal of diversity and equal
opportunities. We emphatically
encourage applications from
women and international students,
and will adjust training and
funding to the needs of families.
More information about
the application procedure,
application deadlines, and
the required documents are
available on our homepage.
If you wish to apply, please visit our homepage:
www.uni-bamberg.de/bagss/application
Contact for Further Enquiries
University of Bamberg
Bamberg Graduate School
of Social Sciences (BAGSS)
Feldkirchenstr. 21
96052 Bamberg
Germany
Contact Person:
Miriam Schneider
Managing Director of BAGSS
Phone: +49-(0)-951-863-3630
admissions.bagss@uni-bamberg.de
More Information available under:
www.uni-bamberg.de/bagss
The Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences (BAGSS) is a
school which joins the faculties of Social Sciences, Economics
and Business Administration and of Human Sciences and
Education at the University of Bamberg. Social, empirical and
educational sciences are major elds in Bamberg with a highly
regarded international reputation. Bamberg itself is located in
Franconia, southern Germany. The picturesque town centre is
a UNESCO World Heritage site.
BAGSS is looking for exceptionally qualied international
graduate students. We work with young scholars who
pursue innovative doctoral research, including work that
crosses narrow disciplinary boundaries.
Do you wish to pursue a funded doctoral research project in
the eld of Sociology, Psychology, Educational or Political
Science, Economics, Demographics or Statistics?
Is your research project focused on crucial challenges faced
by modern societies in the areas of education, labour markets,
human capital, demographic change or institutions and
governance in multi-level systems?
Do your research plans require expertise in cutting-edge
quantitative and qualitative methods?
BAGSS oers an excellent, creative working and learning
environment a training programme and an infrastructure
for advice and mentoring!
A Focused
Interdisciplinary Prole
BAGSS stimulates and guides innovative doctoral research
on four crucial areas, which we refer to as Pillars:
Pillar 1 Education, personal development and learning
from early childhood to adulthood;
Pillar 2 Education and social inequality
across the entire life course;
Pillar 3 Changes in human capital, labour markets
and demographic structures and their impact
on social inequality in modern societies;
Pillar 4 Governance, institutional change and
political behavior
BAGSS pools the expertise of sociologists, psychologists,
educational and political scientists, economists,
demographers and statisticians who share a concern for
the application of rigorous empirical research methods
and are interested in the interaction between institutions,
individual choices and societal processes.
Doctoral Training:
Tailored to Your Needs
At BAGSS, doctoral researchers
are typically supported by a
committee of three supervisors.
In addition, they benet from
a structured, well-resourced
training programme tailored
to their individual needs.
The language of instruction
at BAGSS is English, and you will be able to write and
defend your thesis in English as well as German. The
programme is designed to be completed in three years.
During this time, dened milestones will assist you
and your supervisors in evaluating the progress of the
doctoral research project.
Excellent Conditions
At BAGSS, it is our ambition to create an optimal
research environment for doctoral researchers, and
to provide you with every possibility to network.
Training Personalised and Responsive
Close personal supervision by three professors
Individual and exible course programme
Methodological and theoretical courses
A Community of Scholars
Inter-institutional and international cooperation
Internationally renowned visiting scholars
in seminars and guest lectures
Frequent mini workshops
Financial Support
Scholarships and fellowships available
Research and travel support
Dedicated o ce space & IT equipment
Preparation for the Job Market
Workshops in transferable and professional skills
Teaching opportunities
Higher education didactics
Career development workshops
Researching Real World
Societal Problems
Pre-Programme Stage
Orientation, initial assessment of research-training
requirements. Individual research training plan
Semester 1
Methods, subject-specic
training, rening research
design, professional skills
courses, writing
Semester 2
Methods, subject-specic
training, professional skills
courses, writing
Semester 3
Tailored courses,
professional skills & di-
dactics, writing
Semester 4
Tailored courses,
professional skills, teaching,
writing
Semester 5
Writing up
Semester 6
Writing up, defence,
career progression
Milestone 1
Rened outline
of research design,
literature review
Milestone 2
Chapter on
methodology,
methods and
research design
Milestone 3
Submit further
thesis chapter or
draft article
Milestone 4
Submit further
thesis chapter
or draft article
personal
development
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educational
inequality
social
inequality
political
behaviour
governance
Focus on real-world problems of knowledge-based societies
Empirical, theory-driven work across traditional boundaries
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