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Every year, GEAS admits up to 9 doctoral candidates. Chinese candidates may apply for funding by CSC scholarships through FU Berlin Center for International Cooperation. We also accept candidates 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.

Doctoral candidates are admitted for the fall semester, starting October 1.

Application calls are announced from  September 15 to November 15 in the previous year. For admission, please see the Admission FAQs.

The application period for 2024 has ended in November 15, 2023. 

The screening of applications and prospective doctoral candidates takes place in January/February. Interviews will be conducted in February/March. Doctoral candidates accepted for admission into GEAS will receive written notice in March/April. Applicants who are rejected will receive written notice in March.

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.