BIGSS is a Elite graduate school on "Lead Structures of Cell Function" , entirely funded by the State of Bavaria. As a joint endeavor of the Universities of Bayreuth, Erlangen-Nürnberg, and Würzburg it is part of the Elitenetwork Bavaria.
BIGSS will admit students with strong background in natural sciences and/ or engineering. Students with biological background will need to learn the requisite chemical skills and vice versa.
The objective of the Elite Graduate School Program is to prepare investigators with diverse background for independent research careers in which the concepts and methods of biochemistry, chemistry, medicine, and physics are applied to biological problems. This objective will be met through individually designed programs involving courses in the biology, chemistry, medicine, structural biology and in related fields as well as rotation in different labs, proposal preparation, improving soft skills, independent research, and thesis writing.