Doctoral studies at the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences

The Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences offers two types of memberships for students who wish to pursue doctoral studies:


  • Regular doctoral students are full-time researchers funded either by BAGSS (Starter Scholarship or DAAD Scholarship) and the Excellence Initiative or by an external institution (e.g., other bodies funding doctoral studies based on academic excellence). For those students who wish to apply for a Starter Scholarship or a DAAD Scholarship (offered by BAGSS), please note that there are specific deadlines, which are regularly published on our website. Applicants who have secured external funding can apply throughout the year.

+ You can find more information about the regular membership and the application procedure here.




  • Prospective associate doctoral students (i.e. funded by external institutions) are usually already enrolled as doctoral candidates at the University of Bamberg. They may, for example, be employed as lecturers or researchers, work on their thesis part-time but do not receive funding from BAGSS. Candidates need to have found a supervisor from the BAGSS faculty when applying for an associate membership.

Please click here for more information about the associate membership.

In addition, outstanding graduates from an suitable Bachelor degree at the University of Bamberg can apply for fast-track access. The fast-track option allows early admission to the Graduate School, with formal access depending on the completion of a suitable Master’s degree at the University of Bamberg. For further information on the fast-track option, please contact us directly.

Please read the instructions carefully as only accurate and complete applications will be considered. For any remaining questions, please have a look at the FAQ and feel free to contact us. We are looking forward to receiving your application!