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The application period for 2024 has ended and the application portal is closed.

Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS) will admit doctoral candidates to its program, beginning October 1st, 2024. Up to 9 candidates will be accepted.

Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS) is inviting applications again for the PhD program "East Asian Studies" at Freie Universität Berlin again!.

GEAS offers a structured 3-year PhD program with a regional focus on East Asia (China, Japan, Korea). Doctoral dissertations at GEAS are expected to analyze modern or contemporary East Asia in the field of politics, society, economy, culture, law or history.

The next application deadline will be 15 November 2023. For questions on admission and the online portal, please also consult the Admission FAQ on our homepage.


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

Please note: Dissertation topics in Linguistics, Literary Studies, Education, Film, Media and/or Communication Studies cannot be supervised!

Scholarship Availability

Two fellowships for international candidates are available upon nomination to the DAAD-GSSP program by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Two fellowships for candidates with Chinese citizenship are available through the cooperation of Freie Universität and the Chinese Scholarship Council through FUB-CSC PhD Scholarship upon nomination.

Candidates not offered a scholarship can be admitted to the program, provided 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 assist if necessary.

Applicants are required to apply online at the application portal for GEAS. We would like to also ask applicants who apply for FUB-CSC to submit their application to the GEAS portal as well and later to FUB-CSC. 

Applications should include

  • a CV
  • a motivation letter
  • a proposal of the dissertation topic (maximum 6 pages or 5,000 words).
  • a 4-year time schedule for the dissertation
  • and copies of certificates of your high school diploma and relevant degrees and language skills.
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic scholars (MA dissertation supervisor and another lecturer). These 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 at the online application portal of

Dahlem Research School Booking & Application Site.

The screening takes place from November 2023 to March 2024. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via video conference in February 2024. Candidates accepted will receive notice by March/April 2024 for acceptance to the program.

A place in the program is contingent upon admission to the relevant PhD procedure in the chosen subject at Freie Universität Berlin after acceptance to GEAS. Notice for admission into the university will take place starting June/July 2024.

For additional information, please check our website and feel free to contact us at application@geas.fu-berlin.de

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