Deadline: 2 December 2018
Open to: applicants with an above average master’s degree in either area studies (Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies) or a discipline represented at the Graduate School (Political Science, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Business, Economics, Law, History, Cultural Studies, Humanities) with a focus on East Asia
Venue: Berlin, Germany
Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS) will admit doctoral candidates to its program, beginning October 1st, 2019. Up to 10 candidates will be accepted.
GEAS offers a social science-based, structured 3-year Ph.D. programme with a regional focus on East Asia (China, Japan, Korea). Doctoral dissertations at GEAS are expected to analyze the institutional environment of social, political, cultural and economic actors in the East Asian region. All dissertation research at GEAS will be conducted in the context of the three interconnected research lenses of its academic profile: 1. the origin and change of institutions in East Asia, 2. the effects institutions have on processes, related to globalization and modernization in East Asia on the side of governments, bureaucracies, businesses, individual life-styles, etc., and, finally, 3. the interdependencies of institutions in East Asia within and beyond its regional boundaries.
- Successful applicants will have an above average master’s degree in either area studies (Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies) or a discipline represented at the Graduate School (Political Science, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Business, Economics, Law, History, Cultural Studies, Humanities) with a focus on East Asia;
- The language of communication is English;
- Successful candidates will also have language skills in an East Asian Language (Chinese, Japanese, or Korean) at a level of B2 or higher;
- Doctoral students’ membership in the programme is contingent upon a positive evaluation after each year of study.
Up to two positions for international candidates are funded by GSSP, the Graduate School Scholarship Programme of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Further positions for Ph.D. students with Chinese citizenship may be available through the cooperation of Freie Universität and Chinese Scholarship Council through Beijing Office (FU-CSC Ph.D. Scholarship). A limited number of students researching Korea will be recommended after a positive selection to receive scholarships by Korean research foundations.
Candidates who are not offered a scholarship can be admitted to the programme, provided that they apply for and secure external funding from other foundations and sponsors at the same time as applying for GEAS. The coordination office will support the applications and provide assistance if necessary.
How to apply?
Applications should include:
- a CV;
- a letter of academic interest;
- a brief outline of the prospective dissertation topic (maximum 6 pages);
- a schedule for the dissertation;
- and copies of certificates of your relevant degrees and language skills.
Two letters of recommendation shall be sent or uploaded directly by your referees to GEAS via the online application system before the deadline. For more information and guidelines as well as for applications, please register at the online application portal .
For more information, please visit the official web page.