Graduate School of East Asian Studies Fellowship 2017

Publish Date: Nov 02, 2016

Deadline: Jan 15, 2017

Details about the fellowship on East Asian Studies

Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS), funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments, will admit doctoral candidates to its 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 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 can also 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.

How do I apply for the GEAS?

You can apply once a year for general admission to the GEAS. Usually, we will start announcements in October, and select candidates in spring to start the following year.
For applications, please read the guidelines carefully.
For regular applications, please register at the online application portal NOAH after the call has been announced.


What documents do I need?

Applications to GEAS will be submitted online via the internet portal NOAH.

We expect you to write a research proposal for your dissertation project of not more than 6 pages.

You will need certified copies/translations of your documents to be (scanned) uploaded in pdf or jpg (not larger than 2MB).

The list of necessary documents includes:

  •  CV/Resume
  • High school diploma
  • BA transcripts and official BA diploma/certificate (or equivalent, such as the German Zwischenprüfung)
  • MA transcripts (transcripts should be updated, if graduation is scheduled after the application period)
  • official MA diploma/certificate, if applicable
  • English language proficiency (C1), if at hand. Can be handed in later.

A screenshot of preliminary test results for TOEFL/IELTS, etc. can be uploaded. However, for successful admission to FU, you will need a paper copy of the test results, so please make sure to order one in advance.

Please note that there is no TOEFL code for the GEAS. The TOEFL code for FU Berlin should not be used.

  • East Asian language proficiency
  • 2 Letters of reference (need be uploaded by the referees themselves)
  • Additional certificates, publications, internships, etc., if available

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 No legal entitlement shall be constituted by applying to the program. Due to the large number of applicants, reasons for rejections will not be disclosed.


After having been approved by the PhD office of your department, the PhD Office will send you an official "Zulassung" (admission certificate),  proving your eligibility to enrol as a PhD candidate at FUB. 

Within the following 30 days you will have to visit the Info Office at FUB in order to officially enrol as PhD candidate. If you are not able to enrol within this time frame or if the letter has expired, please contact the GEAS Office or the PhD Office. The enrolment time can be extended for reasons such as visa applications or moving plans.

For enrolment, please use the  enrolment application form and attach the following to your postal enrolment application:

  • Acceptance Letter/ Admission Certificate
  • Completed enrolment application (online form)
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Original and copy of passport or ID (including  visa)
  • Withdrawal certificate from the last (German) university (if applicable)
  • Original documents or copies (as the PhD Office will ask for originals or certified copies, simple copies can be attached):
    BA and MA or letter from your university
    Proof of proficiency in English (C1)
  • €280 enrolment fee

You will receive a student ID which provides access to the public transport system, benefits for cafeteria, sports and other cultural stuff, etc).

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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