Every year, GEAS admits up to 9 doctoral candidates who can be accepted with funding from other Freie Universität Berlin programs, from partner institutions in East Asia or from scholarships provided by German or international organizations. Candidates are supported in securing their funding. In 2019 and 2020, up to two candidates can be nominated for DAAD GSSP doctoral fellowships, and Chinese candidates may apply for funding by CSC scholarships through FU Berlin Liasion Office in Beijing.
Doctoral candidates are admitted for the fall semester, starting October 1.
Application calls are announced in the previous year from October to December. For admission, please see the Admission FAQs.
The screening of applications and prospective doctoral candidates takes place in January/February. Interviews will be conducted in April. Doctoral candidates accepted for admission into GEAS will receive written notice by early to mid-May.
GEAS strives to have an international body of doctoral candidates. The official language of the program is English.
On a case by case basis, GEAS will also admit visiting doctoral candidates funded by partner universities or international scholarships to conduct dissertation related research for one or two years.
Please apply via our online portal and do not send individual applications. A link to the portal will be announced in October.