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Call for Applications PhD East Asia Security

News from Feb 03, 2015

The Working Group on East Asian Security within the Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS) at Freie Universität Berlin

will admit 2 doctoral candidates (fellowships) beginning April 1st, 2015, whose dissertation projects focus on East Asian Security

The doctoral candidates will work closely with GEAS Einstein Visiting Fellow Professor Richard Samuels (MIT), the Working Group and GEAS faculty. We offer PhD stipends of € 1365 €/month (plus 103 €/m research allowance). Fellowships will initially be granted for one year, and contingent upon a positive evaluation after each year of study, fellowships will be extended for another year. The fellowship may be granted for a maximum of three years.

Doctoral dissertations at GEAS (EVF Working Group) are expected to analyze the institutional environment of security in the East Asian region (China, Japan and/or Korea)

Successful applicants will have an above average master’s degree in either area studies (Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies) or a relevant discipline (Political Science, International Relations, Security Studies, Economics, Law, History, Environmental Policy) with a focus on East Asia. The language of instruction is English. Successful candidates will also show proof of language skills in an East Asian Language (Chinese, Japanese, or Korean) at a level of B2 (CEFR) or higher.

 The list of necessary documents for applications includes:

  •  CV/Resume
  • Letter of academic interest
  • brief outline of the prospective dissertation topic (maximum 6 pages)
  • time schedule for the dissertation
  • High School diploma
  • BA transcripts and official BA diploma/certificate
  • MA transcripts and official MA diploma/certificate (MA degree must be in hand by March 31, 2015)
  • Certificate of English language proficiency (C1)
  • Certificate of East Asian language proficiency (B2)
  • names and contact details of two references who can speak for candidates' qualifications

Application deadline is 20 February 2015. Screening will begin soon afterwards. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (via Skype) in early March.

For questions on admission and additional information, please check our website at or the general Admission FAQ and feel free to contact us at

Applications should be sent in one pdf file to

No legal entitlement shall be constituted by applying to the program. Reasons for rejections will not be disclosed.