PhD studentships in East Asian Studies in Germany

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Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS) will admit doctoral candidates to its program, beginning October 1st, 2022. Up to 9 candidates will be accepted.


GEAS offers a social science-based, structured 3-4-year PhD program 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.,

3. the interdependencies of institutions in East Asia within and beyond its regional boundaries.


What is funded

Up to two fellowships for international candidates may be nominated for GSSP, the Graduate School Scholarship Program of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Two further nominations for applicants with Chinese citizenship are available through the cooperation of Freie Universität and Chinese Scholarship Council through Centerfor International Cooperation (FU-CSC PhD Scholarship).


Candidates who are not offered a scholarship can be admitted to the program, provided that they apply for and secure external funding from other foundations and sponsors before or at the same time as applying for GEAS. GEAS coordination office will support the applications and provide assistance if necessary. It is recommended to apply for funding as soon as possible.


Applicants are asked to apply online at the Dahlem Research School (DRS) application portal. We would like to ask applicants who apply for CSC at FU International Office to also submit their application to the GEAS portal as well.


Travel allowances for conference presentations and fieldwork are reserved with an annual budget throughout the PhD program, and applications for grants are supported any time.



The programme is a 3-year structured PhD program in East Asian Studies with the option to optain a PhD in a relevant subject of participating disciplines. The entire PhD period is generally 4 years.



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 (CEFR) or higher. Doctoral students’ membership in the program is contingent upon a positive evaluation after each year of study.

Applications should include

  • a CV
  • a letter of academic interest (motivation)
  • a brief outline of the prospective dissertation topic (maximum 6 pages)
  • a time schedule for the dissertation
  • and copies of transcripts as well as 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.

The online application portal will open September 15, 2021. Please register at Dahlem Research School Booking & Application Site. For more information, please see our website and Admission FAQ.

DEADLINE: 12th November 2021

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