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Call for Papers: 8th International Young Scholar German Socio-Economic Panel Symposium

For the 8th time the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) of the University of Bremen and the Jacobs University and the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) in collaboration with the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study (HWK) are pleased to announce the “International Young Scholar German Socio-Economic Panel Symposium”.

The symposium provides an opportunity for doctoral students of all disciplines (e.g. economics, demography, psychology, sociology, public health, geography) at any stage of their doctoral thesis, to present empirical research in progress – carried out with panel data (especially SOEP data) – and to discuss theoretical, conceptual and empirical issues with senior researchers. We encourage interested young scholars to submit abstracts.

If you would like to attend the symposium, please submit an abstract of your topic (350 words, in English) together with complete contact information before November 15, 2011. We will inform you whether your proposal has been accepted before December 15, 2011. The deadline for submission of the full paper (3.000 words) will be February 15, 2012.

All accepted papers will be made accessible to commentators and participants one month prior to the symposium. During the symposium each presenter will have about 20 minutes for presentation, 10 minutes comments by a senior researcher, and 10 minutes plenary discussion. The official language of the symposium will be English.

Catering as well as accommodation for non-locals will be provided. The conference fee is € 25.

Please send applications (electronic versions preferred) and inquiries to:

Anne-Luise Baumann
PO Box 33 04 40
28334 Bremen
Tel.: +49 (0) 421-218 66354
Fax: +49 (0) 421-218 66353

Maike Schulz
PO Box 33 04 40
28334 Bremen
Tel.: +49 (0) 421-218 66417
Fax: +49 (0) 421-218 66353

Call for Applications – Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences

The Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) invites applications to its Ph.D. and postdoctoral programs. BIGSSS is an inter-university institute of the University of Bremen and Jacobs University and is funded by the German Excellence Initiative. The program provides close supervision of dissertation work within a demand-tailored education and research framework. Fellows are expected to choose Bremen as their place of residence. BIGSSS is part of an international network of highly acknowledged graduate programs. It supports its doctoral and postdoctoral fellows in achieving early scientific independence and provides funds for the conduct, presentation, and publishing of their research. The language of instruction is English.

Successful applicants for the Ph.D. and Preparatory Fellowships will pursue a topic in one or more of BIGSSS’ five Thematic Fields:

  • Global Integration
  • Integration and Diversity in the New Europe
  • Social Integration and the Welfare State
  • Attitude Formation, Value Change, and Intercultural Communication
  • Life-Course and Lifespan Dynamics.

15 Ph.D. Stipends/Fellowships

BIGSSS seeks candidates with strong academic abilities and a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in political science, sociology, or psychology. Applicants with a degree in law, economics, or other social science disciplines are also welcome. We offer Ph.D. stipends of € 1250/month for 36 months, contingent on successful completion of each year.

2 Preparatory Fellowships for BA Graduates

Additionally BIGSSS offers 2 stipends of € 850/month for particularly talented BA graduates. After fulfilling some course requirements and having their proposals accepted within the first year, candidates can switch into the regular three year program.

2 Postdoctoral Stipends/Fellowships

We seek candidates pursuing English-language publication projects based either on their dissertations (by making findings available to an international audience through a book or journal article) or new research. Postdoctoral stipends of € 1750/month may run for between 6 and 24 months. The competition is open to candidates who have received a doctorate in political science, sociology, psychology, law, economics or other social science disciplines within the last 3 years and to those who can be expected to finish prior to commencing their postdoctoral stay.

More information as well as lists of required application materials can be found at http://www.bigsss-bremen.de/. For additional inquiries, please check the online FAQ and feel free to contact our admissions officer at admissions-officer@bigsss-bremen.de.

Ph.D. fellowships will start September 1, 2011, Postdoctoral fellows may plan their stays to begin later. Non-German students are strongly encouraged to apply. BIGSSS strives to increase the share of women in the university and hence also strongly encourages women to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are equally qualified will be favored. Applications must be submitted online under “Admissions” at

http://www.bigsss-bremen.de/ until March 15, 2011.