The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) is proud to announce the opening of applications for its esteemed BIGSAS-Scholarships 2024, specifically tailored for African women scholars. This initiative is part of BIGSAS’s commitment to fostering an international community of emerging researchers, with a particular focus on supporting the brilliant minds working in the sphere of African Studies.
BIGSAS Scholarships For African Women Scholars 2024
Empowering Women in Academia
An International Community of Scholars
At BIGSAS, the nurturing of early-career scholars is conducted within the dynamic and cross-disciplinary research environment of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth. This community is not just about individual achievements but also about creating a collaborative network that stretches across continents.
In 2024, the school will confer two scholarships as part of the Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP), generously supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). These scholarships are not merely financial aid; they are keys to unlocking academic potential and career opportunities. The scholarship period is set to commence in October 2024, with language preparations beginning in the summer if needed. Scholars can benefit from up to four years of support, covering the breadth of their doctoral training.
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- The program welcomes applications from exceptional African women scholars who are currently residing on the continent.
- Eligibility extends to those who have attained a Master’s or equivalent degree within the last six years at the time of their nomination by BIGSAS.
- Applicants should not have resided in Germany for more than fifteen months at the nomination point.
- While applications can be submitted in German, English, or French, please note that BIGSAS operates predominantly in English.
The Application Process
Prospective candidates are required to complete an online form and submit several supporting documents. Applications and accompanying documents must be presented in English, French, or German, with certification where necessary.
- A duly signed supervision agreement.
- An exhaustive project proposal not exceeding 10 pages, detailing the dissertation’s objectives, including work and schedule, with a concise one-page summary in English.
- A letter of motivation that gives insights into the applicant’s aspirations for joining BIGSAS.
- A digital copy of the applicant’s Master’s thesis.
- Two letters of recommendation from academic mentors or supervisors, complete with personal signatures.
- A detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) showcasing academic and professional milestones.
- A self-declaration of not having a doctoral acceptance elsewhere.
- Educational certificates, from Secondary School Graduation certificates to Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree certificates, including transcripts.
- A portfolio of academic publications if applicable.
How to Apply
Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications through the official BIGSAS application portal.
Further Information and Deadline
For additional details regarding the scholarship, interested parties can visit the BIGSAS-Scholarships information page.
The deadline for applications is set for December 31, 2023.
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