Up to 12 Candidates for a PhD Fellowship
The Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS) has three basic goals:
First, GEAS combines area studies research on East Asia with thorough, discipline-based methodological training and strong language and cultural competence. Its training program is interdisciplinary with special emphasis on historically and culturally informed social science inquiry.
Second, GEAS focuses on East Asia as a region. Our training encourages doctoral candidates to look beyond their country of specialization--China, Japan, or Korea--and to view East Asia-related research in comparative regional and global perspective.
Third, our training and research will be organized around a central theme, the study of institutions, that we believe offers a wide range of opportunities to study empirically and analyze theoretically the patterns of modernity in East Asia, their commonalities and connectedness as well as their differences from other regions, while at the same time seeking to generate new theory on this empirical base.
GEAS will admit doctoral candidates to our program, beginning October 1st, 2017. Up to 12 candidates will be accepted.
For the best qualified candidates, GEAS offers scholarships (according to DFG regulations), while up to two international candidates may be selected to receive a GSSP grant by DAAD. Candidates with funding either from other Freie Universität Berlin programs, or who apply for funding from partner institutions in East Asia, or who intend to receive scholarships provided by German or international organizations, are also highly encouraged to apply.
Doctoral dissertations at GEAS are expected to analyze the institutional environment of social, political, cultural and economic actors in the East Asian region of China, Japan and/or Korea. All dissertation research at GEAS will be conducted in the context of the three interconnected research lenses of its academic profile: the origin and change of institutions in East Asia, the effects institutions have on processes related to globalization and modernization in East Asia on the side of governments, bureaucracies or business and individual life-styles or related preferences, and, finally, 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, Theatre Studies, Environmental Policy) 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. Fellowships may be granted for a maximum of three years.
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 here.
The next application deadline will be January 15, 2017. For questions on admission and the online portal, please also consult the Admission FAQ.
The screening takes place in February 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (via Skype) between February and April 2017. Candidates accepted for admission into GEAS will receive notice by mid-May to early June 2017 (at the latest).
For additional information, please check our website and feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. No legal entitlement shall be constituted by applying to the program. Due to the large number of applicants, reasons for rejections may not be disclosed.