Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences (BAGSS), Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • English (book IELTS)
BAGSS provides an excellent environment for doctoral research on some of the most crucial social, economic and policy challenges facing open, knowledge-based economies and societies in a globalising world.


These include:

  • individual, socio-structural and institutional conditions for life-long learning;
  • the societal, economic and institutional sources of variability (and inequality) in cognitive development and educational attainment;
  • the ability, opportunity and incentives to constantly update knowledge and skills in an increasingly uncertain economic environment and labour market;
  • the design of suitable social and political institutions promoting the development of key production factors such as human capital in a globalising economy; and
  • democratic political institutions promoting the effective production of collective goods and democratic accountability in complex multi-level systems.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Summer term starts on April, winter term starts on October.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • 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 Behaviour.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

An application for a regular membership at BAGSS includes the application for a place in the graduate school, funding, and supervision. Therefore it is not necessary for applicants to have found a supervisor before applying.

Application is possible online via our application form, where we ask our applicants to upload their application as a PDF file containing the following documents:

  • a cover letter
  • CV
  • a one-page abstract of your research proposal
  • the research proposal
  • academic degree certificates and university grade transcripts
  • a self-written statement of you knowledge of social science research methods

Two letters of recommendation should be send directly to BAGSS.

More information for applicants is available on our homepage, section application, where you can also find our online application form.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Bamberg

  • 630 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


In the summer term and the winter term, BAGSS will award up to 7 fellowships or scholarships for doctoral candidates. These will be awarded for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress reviews after 12 and 24 months.

The fellowships are remunerated based on Grade E 13 TV-L (50%) of the German Public Service Salary Scale (a gross salary of appr. 1.680 EUR / month) and include a teaching obligation of two hours per week for only one semester during the three years.

Holders of a doctoral scholarship receive a monthly stipend of 1.365 EUR, plus family allowances and child-care expenses in accordance witht eh DFG guidelines where applicable.

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