Frequently asked questions

ZEF seeks to attract exceptional scientists globally, who have earned an excellent Master's degree or equivalent in fields such as economics, sociology, anthropology, political science, agricultural and resource economics, agronomy, nutrition, public health, medical science, biology, ecology, forestry, mathematics, or earth sciences. A strong interest in interdisciplinary research is mandatory.

Within the application portal, you will encounter fields prompting you to enter the title of your research concept, your research questions, the operationalization (including theories/approaches/data), and the most significant publications.

The grading systems at universities vary, therefore it is mandatory to include the grading scale of your university in your application. 'Excellent grades' typically refer to a GPA above 3.0, a percentage of 80% or higher, or a grade of 2.0 or higher in the German system.

BIGS-DR is a program offered in English. Applicants must prove their level of English proficiency with either an IELTS (Band 6) or TOEFL (minimum score: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 80 internet-based) certificate. Applicants who completed their university education in English submit proof thereof instead, e.g. the transcript of records stating that the medium of instruction for your degree was English.

No, BIGS-DR is a full-time program.

Yes. BIGS-DR welcomes students with scholarships to join the program. You must apply through the online platform by May 1st for the October intake providing the proof of funding for a minimum of three years, covering living expenses. A monthly stipend of 1200 EUR or more is generally needed.

The application deadline for the DAAD-EPOS scholarship is August 31st of each year, at 11:59 PM Central European Summer Time (CEST). The program is expected to start about one year after the deadline. For applicants with secured own funding, the deadline is May 1st, with an intake in October of the same year.

BIGS-DR is a structured program designed for young talents at the beginning of their careers. The last academic degree obtained should be within the last six years, counting backward from the application deadline.

No prior contact with professors at ZEF/ University Bonn or senior researchers at ZEF is necessary. Upon acceptance to the program, ZEF will assist you in finding the appropriate main supervisor. The professors who have supervision capacities are listed in the application portal.

Inform yourself about details and requirements if you want to apply for DAAD- EPOS funding
daad.de/go/de/stipa50076777

For applicants seeking DAAD EPOS scholarships, proof of at least two years of professional work experience is mandatory. All details are listed in the DAAD forms. For other applicants, work experience is not a mandatory requirement.

The Europass CV- format is mandatory. Your CV must include information on publications, funding from third parties, lecturing, conferences, and research activities, among other things.
EUROPASS

Yes, as long as you have completed a Master's thesis.

Yes, you must submit your degree certificate by end of October of the year of application. In the meantime, you will need to provide us with copies of your most recent transcripts.

Incomplete applications will be rejected.

If you are accepted, your application documents will be kept on file at BIGS-DR. Your personal information will be stored in the University of Bonn application portal for the amount of time necessary to register your application and scholarship. ZEF adheres to the German Federal Data Protection Act. Applications that are unsuccessful or incomplete will be deleted after the review process.


Contact

 

Dr. Silke Tönsjost
(Academic Coordinator)

bigs-dr@uni-bonn.de
+49 (0)228 / 73-1794

Max Voit
(Coordinator)

bigs-dr@uni-bonn.de
+49 (0)228 / 73-1727

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