Bonn International Graduate School - Oriental and Asian Studies


The Bonn International Graduate School - Oriental and Asian Studies (BIGS-OAS) is one of seven International Graduate Schools of the University of Bonn and the only one within the Faculty of Arts.

BIGS-OAS investigates the cultures and societies of Asia and the Middle East in change through time and processes of global interaction. The Graduate School combines the broad regional and thematic scope of the University of Bonn's Oriental and Asian based social sciences and humanities. The doctoral students are incorporated into the Graduate School's framework of a structured doctoral program, that will lead to a completion of their Ph.D. within four years. The curriculum encourages their theoretical, methodological, and occupational competencies and prepares them for a competent participation in the international research community. As a rule, research and field studies abroad are integrated into the second or third year of the graduate program. A special emphasis is laid on the intensive support of the individual doctoral projects by the advisor (from the field of subject) and as well from discussions and research colloquia that are offered by the graduate school.

Prof. Dr. Bethany Walker      Spokeswoman
International Peer Group Leader

Prof. Dr. Ralph Kauz
Peer Group Leader 2014 and 2018

PH Dr. Günther Distelrath                            Peer Group Leader 2017

Prof. Dr. Lewis Doney                                 Peer Group Leader 2022

Prof. Dr. Kristina Großmann                   Peer Group Leader 2021

Prof. Dr. Julia Hegewald                       Peer Group Leader 2016

Prof. Dr. Harald Meyer                                  Director General of the IOA                           Peer Group Leader 2020

Prof. Dr. Ines Stolpe                                      Peer Group Leader 2015


The Forth Eurasian Doctoral Colloquium Beijing

A fruitful scientific and cultural exchange - this is how the “Forth Eurasian Doctoral Colloquium”, which took place in Beijing on 25-26 March 2023, can be summarized. After two years suspend due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participants of five Eurasian universities met to promote international and cross-regional academic exchanges and mutual research contacts: doctoral students of University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, University of Bonn, Kyungsung University in Korea, Kansai University in Japan, and host Beijing Foreign Studies University. Read more...

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