Bonn International Graduate Schools (BIGS)

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The University of Bonn has the goal to guide its scientific/academic young scholars to obtaining a doctoral degree in the structured framework of graduate schools. In order to ensure the highest quality standards here, the Bonn International Graduate Schools (BIGS) were established. Here isa list of the existing BIGS. Below, we provide you with the general BIGS guidelines.


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Bonn International Graduate School of Mathematics (BIGS-M)

Located at the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics, BIGS-M provides an umbrella for all Bonn PhD students in mathematics. Thus, the BIGS-M contributes to the excellent national and international reputation of mathematics at Bonn.



Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE)

The BGSE offers a structured graduate program in economics within an internationally leading research network. Individual research is linked with a research-training program tailored exactly to the needs of PhD students.



Bonn-Cologne Graduate School of Physics and Astronomy (BCGS)

Supported in the context of the Excellence Initiative of the federal government and the states since 2007, the BCGS offers PhD studies in an integrated Honors program. The BCGS is jointly administered by the renowned Physics Institutes of the Universities of Bonn and of Cologne.



International Graduate School Life & Medical Sciences (BIGS-LIMES)

BIGS-LIMES offers a graduate program for Bonn PhD students in biochemistry, the life sciences, and biomedicine.

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Bonn International Graduate School of Drug Sciences (BIGS DrugS)

The International Graduate School of Drug Sciences is for Bonn PhD students in the participating pharma research institutes from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine.

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Bonn International Graduate School Oriental and Asian Studies (BIGS-OAS)

The BIGS-OAS focuses on researching the cultures and societies of Asia and Asia Minor. The Graduate School includes a vast curricular offering within a research-focused context.

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Bonn International Graduate School of Neuroscience (BIGS Neuroscience)

BIGS Neuroscience is committed to providing a top-level, internationally competitive program in the rapidly developing field of neuroscience.


Bonn International Graduate School Clinical and Population Sciences (BIGS CPS)

BIGS CPS follows an interdisciplinary approach and combines medical, agricultural and pharmaceutical research.




Bonn International Graduate School Chemistry (BIGS-Chemistry)

BIGS-Chemistry doctoral students an exceptional and ambitious graduate program considering all fields of chemistry.


Bonn International Graduate School Immunosciences and Infection

The BIGS Immunosciences and Infection is a structured 3-year PhD program in conjunction with the ImmunoSensation Cluster/Bonn. The ImmunoSensation Cluster is an iniative of excellence funded by The German Research Foundation (DFG).


Bonn International Graduate School Development Research (BIGS-DR)

The BIGS-DR is a doctoral program of the Center for Development Research (ZEF). It is an excellent choice as a stepping stone for your international career in the field of development cooperation, policy or research. ZEF's educational concept provides excellent and intensive supervision and tutorship.




The Council of BIGS representatives promotes the founding of additional graduate schools and shares the experiences made with other majors. The Rectorate decides whether a graduate school will be admitted to BIGS. If you are interested, please contact:

Prof Dr Andreas Zimmer
Vice Rector for Research and Innovation
Phone: 0228/6885-300





BIGS Guidelines and Information Brochure


For a more detailed description of these elements, please see the BIGS Guidelines (in German) and the BIGS Information Brochure (in English):

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