Every year, GEAS admits 12 doctoral candidates who receive fully funded doctoral fellowships. Up to three other doctoral candidates per year 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. In 2017 and 2018, up to two more candidates can be nominated for DAAD GSSP doctoral fellowships as well.

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 NOAH portal: