GEAS offers a social science-based, structured 03 years 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:
- 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, businesses, individual life-styles, etc.
- The interdependencies of institutions in East Asia within and beyond its regional boundaries.
Up to two positions for International applicants can be funded by GSSP, the Graduate School Scholarship Program of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Two further positions for PhD students with Chinese citizenship are available through the cooperation of Freie Universität and Chinese Scholarship Council through Center for International Cooperation (FU-CSC PhD Scholarship).
Applicants 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. The coordination office will support the applications and provide assistance if necessary.
To be eligible for PhD Scholarships, an applicant must:
- 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. Good proficiency in English language is required
- Successful applicants 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 program is contingent upon a positive evaluation after each year of study
To apply for PhD Scholarships in Graduate School of East Asian Studies, an applicant is required to submit following documents with application:
- A Curriculum Vitae
- A letter of academic interest
- A brief outline of the prospective dissertation topic (maximum 06 pages)
- A schedule for the dissertation
- Copies of certificates of your relevant degrees and language skills